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By Martin Fichman

Codiscoverer of the speculation of evolution via typical choice, Alfred Russel Wallace may be famous as one of many titans of Victorian technology. as an alternative he has lengthy been relegated to a secondary position in the back of Darwin. Worse, many students have ignored or maybe mocked his major contributions to different facets of Victorian tradition. With An Elusive Victorian, Martin Fichman presents the 1st finished analytical learn of Wallace's existence and arguable highbrow career.

Fichman examines not just Wallace's clinical paintings as an evolutionary theorist and box naturalist but additionally his philosophical matters, his involvement with theism, and his dedication to land nationalization and different sociopolitical reforms equivalent to women's rights. As Fichman indicates, Wallace labored all through his lifestyles to combine those humanistic and medical pursuits. His target: the improvement of an evolutionary cosmology, a unified imaginative and prescient of humanity's position in nature and society that he was hoping might make sure the dignity of all individuals.

To show the various elements of this compelling determine, Fichman not just reexamines Wallace's released works, but in addition probes the contents of his lesser recognized writings, unpublished correspondence, and copious annotations in books from his own library. instead of think about Wallace's technological know-how as unique from his sociopolitical commitments, An Elusive Victorian assumes a collectively priceless dating among the 2, one that formed Wallace into probably the most memorable characters of his time. absolutely situating Wallace's wide-ranging paintings in its historic and cultural context, Fichman's leading edge and insightful account will curiosity historians of technology, faith, and Victorian tradition in addition to biologists.

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