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The Story of a Victorian Scientific Collaboration,
This review is from: Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters from the Malay Archipelago (Hardcover)
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Everything from the mundane day-to-day trials of a traveller in Victorian times to insights into great discoveries, such as the Wallace Line. There’s an amazing contrast between his obvious love and interest in all living things and his main purpose, which was to kill the specimens and preserve them.
The letters clearly show that Wallace and Darwin had a strong mutual respect for each other, and Darwin mentioned his ideas on the origin of species in those letters. Wallace was in fact helping him to gather evidence for those theories, including samples sent back to England.
Far from being a relationship of animosity that has sometimes recently been painted, Darwin was a mentor and although Wallace came up with his idea independently, Darwin was ahead by many years. Actually there is a parallel in the mens’ lives that Wallace was exploring the same science at a similar age that Darwin was when he was on The Beagle.