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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Discovery Institute (15 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979014190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979014192
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Feb. 2014
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Alfred Russel Wallace: a rediscovered life by Michael A. Flannery, Discovery Institute Press, Seattle, Washington, 2011, 166 ff.

Michael Flannery is Professor and Associate Director for Historical Collections at the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama in the U.S.A. He has written here a most readable and accessible introduction to the life and work of a great naturalist , whose work has tended to be overlooked by the general public in favour of Wallace’s contemporary, friend and rival, Charles Darwin. The arguments go on as to whether Darwin or Wallace should be credited with creating the theory of evolution; but the documents of scientific history show us that both men were proposing similar – but far from identical – views about the origin of species at the same time and it seems obvious that each developed ideas from the work of the other.

It is often said that Wallace has been relatively neglected in the story of scientific developments because in later years he took an interest in spiritualism, long derided as fantasy and fiction by much of the scientific establishment. But, as Flannery has so eloquently shown, the processes of evolution as described by Darwin and by Wallace differ in a fundamental and significant way. Although Darwin trained to be an Anglican priest in his early years, his description of evolution envisages a thoroughgoing materialism in the process. Wallace on the other hand adopted a more teleological approach. Darwin had the advantages of a full schooling and study at two eminent universities, Edinburgh and Cambridge, while Wallace had only eight years of formal schooling and was largely self-taught.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By robert john lobb on 12 Jun. 2013
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excellent primer for the individual who is seeking to find out more about this important scientist. You learn about the man, his beliefs, his trials & tribulations. A super little book that would encourage the reader to go on to a deeper examination of this influential man.
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Very succinctly compiled and most readable. I had expected it would have been more 'evangelically' biased, especially as it deals with Wallace's theory of Intelligent Evolution which the author proposes was the forerunner to the modern Theory of intelligent Design. It was a pleasant surprise to find even-handedness, as Wallace was certainly not a believer (largely due to childhood family experiences with church-going) but more likely an agnostic, despite his later involvement with seances and spiritualism.I would certainly reommend this to anyone who is just meeting Alfred Russel Wallace.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Not Titmarsh Again on 25 Jun. 2013
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There's a flood of books on Wallace, most of them fairly lengthy. For those who are curious about Wallace but don't really like reading, this is great - as long as you are happy to fork out eleven quid for an essay of not much more than 100 pages (it is padded out with appendices).
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By Anthony Nevard on 29 Jun. 2015
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Item arrived as described - many thanks!
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