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The tragic sense of life : Ernst Haeckel and the struggle over evolutionary thought

Author: Robert J Richards
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press ; Bristol : University Presses Marketing [distributor], 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Paperback edView all editions and formats
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Prior to World War I, more people learned of evolutionary theory from the works of Ernst Haeckel than through any other source. Haeckel gave currency to the idea of the 'missing link' between apes and man and formulated the concept of ecology. While his legacy has been controversial, this study stresses his importance.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Ernst Haeckel; Ernst Haeckel
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert J Richards
ISBN: 9780226712161 0226712168 9780226712147 0226712141
OCLC Number: 317923067
Notes: Originally published: 2008.
Description: xx, 551 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Formation of a romantic biologist --
Research in Italy and conversion to Darwinism --
Triumph and tragedy at Jena --
Evolutionary morphology in the Darwinian mode --
Travel to England and the Canary Islands : experimental justification of evolution --
The popular presentation of evolution --
The rage of the critics --
The religious response to evolutionism : ants, embryos, and Jesuits --
Love in a time of war --
Conclusion : the tragic sense of Ernst Haeckel.
Responsibility: Robert J. Richards.

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With detractors ranging from paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould to modern-day creationists and advocates of intelligent design, Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) is better known as a divisive figure than as a  Read more...

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