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  • Paperback: 510 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (11 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199239177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199239177
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 4.3 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Review from previous edition Very readable (Jim Endersby, Sunday Telegraph)

A scholarly compendium of everything one could wish to know about Wallace. (Christopher Hudson, Daioy Mail)

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Charles H. Smith is Professor of Library Public Information Services at Western Kentucky University. His research interests include biogeography and evolutionary theory, systems theory, bibliography, and Alfred Russel Wallace. He has published four books, nearly a hundred journal articles and reviews, and currently maintains the website The Alfred Russel Wallace Page at http://www.wku.edu/~smithch/index1.htm His previous book publications are Alfred Russel Wallace: An Anthology of his Shorter Writings; Biodiversity Studies: A Bibliographic Review; Alfred Russel Wallace: Writings on Evolution, 1843-1912; and Alfred Russel Wallace: Evolution of an Evolutionist.

George Beccaloni is Curator in the Department of Entomology at the Natural History Museum, London. A Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and Royal Entomological Society of London, he also set up set up the A. R. Wallace Memorial Fund. His publications include numerous research articles and the following books (as co-editor): Hostplants of the Moth and Butterfly Caterpillars of the Oriental Region; Hostplants of the moth and butterfly caterpillars of America north of Mexico; and Host-plants of the Neotropical Butterflies: A Catalogue.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 April 2014
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Natural Selection & Beyond: The intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace, edited by Charles H. Smith and George Beccaloni, Oxford University Press, 2008, 510 ff

When we talk about evolution, we usually think in terms of the work of Charles Darwin. But there was another scientist thinking along the same lines at the same time as Darwin and that was the Welsh-born biologist Alfred Russel Wallace. Furthermore, Darwin and Wallace were not even the first to address the problem as, half a century earlier, Charles’ grandfather Erasmus Darwin and the French biologist Jean Baptiste Lamarck produced their own theories of how life on Earth developed.

This volume has contributions from twenty-three specialists in their fields, as well as the two editors, to recount the work of Wallace, not only as a biologist but also as a passionate socialist and investigator of spiritualism. As historian of science Peter Bowler comments in his Foreword, Wallace not only made major contributions to evolutionary biology but also, in both his biology and spiritualism, showed his opposition to the materialism of mainstream Victorian culture.

Although Darwin trained to be a priest in the Anglican Church, his approach to evolution was essentially materialistic with no mention of any possible divine intervention in the process. Wallace on the other hand did not exclude the possibility of some non-material agency in shaping the course of evolution.

In this book, Normal Johnson tells us something about Wallace’s concept of reinforcement as he saw it operating in the natural world. Tim Caro and colleagues writes on the colours of animals.
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G.I.Forbes on 28 May 2013
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This book helps to cement Wallaces reputation and confirms him as the"father of evolution"and displaces the plagerist Darwin and his conspirators who purloined Wallaces work and presented it with Darwin as primary author at the Linnean society meeting of 1 july 1858.
The book is of 21 essays by various authors aand is divided into 2 parts a)Wallaces scientific work in Indonesis and South America including the Sarawak law that defined evolution by natural selection and b)Wallaces other intrests eg. land nationalisation,anti-vaccination,eugenics and spiritualism.
A truely great book that puts Darwin in the dustbin of science.
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An in-depth look at the oft-neglected co-discoverer of evolution 16 April 2014
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Natural Selection & Beyond: The intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace, edited by Charles H. Smith and George Beccaloni, Oxford University Press, 2008, 510 ff

An in-depth look at the oft-neglected discoverer of evolution

When we talk about evolution, we usually think in terms of the work of Charles Darwin. But there was another scientist thinking along the same lines at the same time as Darwin and that was the Welsh-born biologist Alfred Russel Wallace. Furthermore, Darwin and Wallace were not even the first to address the problem as, half a century earlier, Charles’ grandfather Erasmus Darwin and the French biologist Jean Baptiste Lamarck produced their own theories of how life on Earth developed.

This volume has contributions from twenty-three specialists in their fields, as well as the two editors, to recount the work of Wallace, not only as a biologist but also as a passionate socialist and investigator of spiritualism. As historian of science Peter Bowler comments in his Foreword, Wallace not only made major contributions to evolutionary biology but also, in both his biology and spiritualism, showed his opposition to the materialism of mainstream Victorian culture.

Although Darwin trained to be a priest in the Anglican Church, his approach to evolution was essentially materialistic with no mention of any possible divine intervention in the process. Wallace on the other hand did not exclude the possibility of some non-material agency in shaping the course of evolution.

In this book, Normal Johnson tells us something about Wallace’s concept of reinforcement as he saw it operating in the natural world. Tim Caro and colleagues writes on the colours of animals. Bernard Michaux gives a good account of Wallace’s biogeographical studies in the Far East that produced what came to be called the Wallace Line in Indonesia. And some of what are now regarded as misdirections in Wallace’s work are also covered – like his campaign against vaccination (by Martin Fichman), and his equivocal view of Francis Galton’s advocacy of eugenics.

There is not a lot written here on Wallace’s interest in spiritualism – of importance to the man himself in his lifetime and in the early years of the 20th century but probably of much less significance in comparison with his evolutionary studies and conclusions. Overall, this is a book for the reader who wants to have a serious grounding in what the life and work of this great man was all about. The book ends with a 40-page list of References and a useful Index.

Howard Jones is the author of Evolution of Consciousness
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