Apes, Angels, and Victorians;: The Story of Darwin, Huxley, by William Irvine, Sir Julian Huxley

By William Irvine, Sir Julian Huxley

Nice minds -- round whom the highbrow holocaust of the 19th century revolved -- are on the middle of this remarkable examine, a portrait in packed with the boys and the period which gave delivery to the speculation of evolution. the 2 minds are Charles Darwin and Thomas Huxley, and this publication is a skillful blend of historical past and biography.

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S. Henslow, professor of botany at Cambridge; so that Darwin became known among the dons as "the certainty. " u And thus, entering science by the genial path of friendship, he absorbed a casual knowledge of zoology, man who botany, and geology. any way be at odds whom he knew were very safe. Henslow, a minister of the church as well as professor of botany, was so impeccably orthodox that he once confided to That his science and his religion could in seems never to have entered his head. Charles he would be grieved if The a single scientists word of the Thirty-nine were to be changed.

But Owen Stanley himself, though equally exalted and still consumed with ambition to be a great explorer, remained securely on his ship or went through timid and tentative motions of exploration. He felt too responsible to let his men run avoidable risks, and he was too humanitarian to let world, things rare natives be shot at even in self-defense. As a matter of fact, his world had turned to glass at the very moment when he was preparing to discover it. Three years of guiding his fragile, populous little wooden kingdom through the steamy waters and sharp labyrinths of the Coral Sea had changed an ambitious, idealistic young commander into a fearful, snarling, boasting, scrupleridden neurotic.

The "On Natural History" is a curious combination of common sense and extravagant romanticism. He soberly lecture cautious upholds inductive logic against Cuvier's doctrine that a whole skeleton can be deduced from a single bone, and then seems quite recklessly to throw all logic overboard in favor of the aesthetic sense. He makes the most exaggerated claims for the spiritual benefits of and then shrewdly warns that we may expect nemesis if there are too many thinkers who have one moral faculty for science and another for daily life.

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