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Darwin's century : evolution and the men who discovered it

Author: Loren C Eiseley; Stephen Bertman
Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble, 2009.
Series: Barnes & Noble rediscovers
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Loren C Eiseley; Stephen Bertman
ISBN: 9781435107922 1435107926
OCLC Number: 435842042
Notes: Originally published: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1958.
Description: xviii, 330 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: I. The age of discovery --
The voyagers --
The two ladders and the scale of being --
The Baconian and Humanistic Traditions in natural history --
Linnaeus --
The fixity of species --
II. The time voyagers --
The extraordinary voyage --
Benoit de Maillet --
The Comte de Buffon --
Erasmus Darwin and Lamarck --
Early glimpses of ecological adaptation --
III. The pirate chart --
Time and organic change --
Pagan and Christian time --
The chart --
The rise of catastrophism --
James Hutton's world machine and uniformitarianism --
William Smith --
Cuvier : the magician of the charnel house --
IV. Progressionism and evolution --
Geological prophecy --
Sir Charles Lyell and the re-emergence of uniformitarianism --
Non-progressionism --
V. The minor evolutionists --
Branching evolution --
William Wells --
Patrick Mathew and Robert Chambers --
VI. The voyage of the Beagle --
The age of giants --
The influence of Erasmus Darwin --
Darwin's intellectual background --
The voyage --
South America --
The Galápagos --
VII. The making of the origin --
"The Bridgewater Treatises" --
Darwin and Malthus --
The Law of Divergence --
The first essay attempts --
Darwin and design --
Darwin and Lamarck --
VIII. The priest who held the key to evolution --
Gregor Mendel --
Pre-Mendelian genetics --
Pangenesis --
Artificial selection and the evolutionists --
Mendel's contribution --
Johannsen and variation --
IX. Darwin and the physicists --
Kelvin and residual heat --
The biological retreat --
DeVries and saltatory evolution --
Time and radioactivity --
X. The reception of the first missing links --
The evolutionists turn to man --
Ape and Hottentot --
The Microcephali --
The descent into the past --
The Java Ape Man --
XI. Wallace and the brain --
The Darwinian bias --
Alfred Russel Wallace --
Darwin and human evolution --
Degeneration or development --
Wallace and human antiquity --
The concept of latency --
Brains and time --
XII. Conclusion --
Time : cyclic and historic --
The pre-Darwinian era --
The struggle of the parts --
Evolution and human culture --
The role of indeterminism.
Series Title: Barnes & Noble rediscovers
Responsibility: by Loren Eiseley ; foreword by Stephen Bertman.

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