The Evolutionist

Alternate cover edition of ISBN 190658253X and 9781906582531A biographical novel about Alfred Wallace In the mid 1800s, Wallace explored the remote and distant Malay Archipelago, collecting beetles, moths, ants and birds specimens that sold for pennies apiece in England However, as Wallace toiled in obscurity, he also investigated ideas that confounded the worAlternate cover edition of ISBN 190658253X and 9781906582531A biographical novel about Alfred Wallace In the mid 1800s, Wallace explored the remote and distant Malay Archipelago, collecting beetles, moths, ants and birds specimens that sold for pennies apiece in England However, as Wallace toiled in obscurity, he also investigated ideas that confounded the world s leading scientific minds Then in 1858, Wallace makes the most stunning discovery of his era evolution by natural selection Wallace must share equal credit for the theory with Charles Darwin, and finally gains a measure of grudging respect, but acceptance by the scientific community eludes him.From oppressive jungle to mid Victorian London, The Evolutionist tells of one man s determination to seek out his own truth It is a story of perseverance and inspiration, science and faith, and ultimately, it is about the resilience of the human heart.
The Evolutionist Alternate cover edition of ISBN X and A biographical novel about Alfred Wallace In the mid s Wallace explored the remote and distant Malay Archipelago collecting beetles m

  • Title: The Evolutionist
  • Author: Avi Sirlin
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. The Evolutionist is a triumph of biographical fiction, an utterly convincing character study of one of the most poignant figures in the history of science: Alfred Wallace, overshadowed by Darwin as originator of the theory of natural selection. Wallace’s status as social outsider, beside the more established standing of Darwin and his connections with Lyell and Hooker (the latter represented by the fictitious composite character Newcastle), conspired to deprive him of fuller credit for his acc [...]

    2. A fascinating story in the race for scientific publication and fame, showing the harrowing, lengthy and somewhat pot-luck required to become an eminent scientist. In so many scientific revelations, it is not the work of one person, nor of a team, but a race. This also shows the grim side of discovering the origin of the species over the decades that it took. It's nice to know that it didn't stray too far from the truth and was enlightening, yet sufficiently filled with detail to be entertaining. [...]

    3. The Also-RanThe theory of evolution by natural selection, when proposed at the Linnean Society in 1858, was presented as the joint discovery of Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin. The world, however, refers to these ideas as "Darwinism," and Wallace is largely forgotten. He himself was willing to give credit to the older man, who had been thinking about the theory for two decades. But it was Wallace's draft of an article for publication, sent from the South Pacific where he had been workin [...]

    4. *NOTE: This is my husband, Seth's review. He is a guest reviewer on my book blog, and is helping me with my NetGalley challenge for the year*Well what can I say about this book? I liked it, that’s for sure. But when I began reading it, I thought it was going to be something entirely different. I blame my predilection for horrible sci-fi on that. I couldn’t help waiting for the inevitable twist you know? Like, for instance in Congo where the apes turn out to be semi-intelligent beings or some [...]

    5. Alfred Wallace was overshadowed by Charles Darwin as the originator of theory of natural selection. He was not “in with the in crowd” but a quiet, self-effacing, humble outsider who never really stood a chance of having his work taken seriously or published. Wallace was actually is own worst enemy as he didn't have the drive, personality or ambition to see his theories brought to the public's attention. His modesty and humility, as well as being born in the wrong place, were his downfall.Thi [...]

    6. “Speothos venaticus a jungle dog,” Alfred Wallace informs bewildered sailors gathered around him, on the traits of the webbed feet canine, and several other animals that lay in a caged menagerie on the deck of the sailing ship Helen. These specimens, although much depleted, were acquired by Wallace during his stay in Brazil from 1848 to 1852, and he was returning home to England, expecting fame and fortune from their exhibition and sale. Unfortunately, Helen catches fire in mid-Atlantic and [...]

    7. I was excited to read this book, it is set in a time when the scientific community was just starting to prove their worth to society. The characters that feature are well known and distinguished. Most importantly it deals with one of the most famous examples of multiple independent discovery. Like other examples of this phenomena, the discovery of oxygen or structure of DNA, this story is marked with adventure, adversity and betrayal. The best parts of this book are the descriptions of the world [...]

    8. A well-researched biographical fiction of Alfred R Wallace, one of the originators of the theory of natural selection, who was overshadowed by Darwin. Indonesian school children, however, are familiar with his name as we learn about the "Wallace Line" in geography at school. Reading this novel gave me a glimpse of 19th century England, the scientific community, and Wallace's travel to the and Malay Archipelago (now Indonesia and Malaysia). I'm glad I had the opportunity of meeting the author at [...]

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