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Darwin's Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution
 
 
Author
Rebecca Stott.
Publisher Random House  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.6 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781400069378
Pages/Publication Date 397/2012
Daedalus Item Code 41060
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(A New York Times Notable Book) In 1859, a month after the publication of On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin received an unsettling letter accusing him not of heresy, but rather of failing to acknowledge his predecessors, and taking credit for a theory that had already been discovered by others. Darwin realized that he had omitted any mention of his intellectual forebears, yet when he tried to trace the natural philosophers who had laid the groundwork for his theory, he found that history had forgotten them. Rebecca Stott takes us back to Denis Diderot and the naturalists of the Jardin des Plantes, to fossil hound Leonardo, Arab writer Al-Jahiz, and Aristotle on the shores of Lesbos, chronicling how ideas about our origins also have evolved.

"Stott's research is broad and unerring; her book is wonderful.... An exhilarating romp through 2,000 years of fascinating scientific history."Nature

"Stott has done a wonderful job in showing just how many extraordinary people had speculated on where we came from before the great theorist dispelled all doubts."Guardian (London)

 
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