Darwin s Ghosts

Rediscovering Aristotle on the shores of Lesbos and Leonardo da Vinci fossil hunting in the Tuscan hills, this is a masterful retelling of the collective daring of a few like-minded men, whose early theories flew in the face of prevailing ...

Author: Rebecca Stott

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408831014

Category: Biologists

Page: 383

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An electrifying account of the extraordinary untold history behind Darwin's theory of evolution

Darwin s Ghosts

Darwin's Ghosts is a gripping history of the history of life and of those who have studied it, with plenty of lessons for today— perhaps for today's biologists most of all.” —STEVE JONES, author of Darwin's Ghost: The Origin of Species ...

Author: Rebecca Stott

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780679604136

Category: Science

Page: 432

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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK “[An] extraordinarily wide-ranging and engaging book [about] the men who shaped the work of Charles Darwin . . . a book that enriches our understanding of how the struggle to think new thoughts is shared across time and space and people.”—The Sunday Telegraph (London) Christmas, 1859. Just one month after the publication of On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin received an unsettling letter. He had expected criticism; in fact, letters were arriving daily, most expressing outrage and accusations of heresy. But this letter was different. It accused him of failing to acknowledge his predecessors, of taking credit for a theory that had already been discovered by others. Darwin realized that he had made an error in omitting from Origin of Species any mention of his intellectual forebears. Yet when he tried to trace all of the natural philosophers who had laid the groundwork for his theory, he found that history had already forgotten many of them. Darwin’s Ghosts tells the story of the collective discovery of evolution, from Aristotle, walking the shores of Lesbos with his pupils, to Al-Jahiz, an Arab writer in the first century, from Leonardo da Vinci, searching for fossils in the mine shafts of the Tuscan hills, to Denis Diderot in Paris, exploring the origins of species while under the surveillance of the secret police, and the brilliant naturalists of the Jardin de Plantes, finding evidence for evolutionary change in the natural history collections stolen during the Napoleonic wars. Evolution was not discovered single-handedly, Rebecca Stott argues, contrary to what has become standard lore, but is an idea that emerged over many centuries, advanced by daring individuals across the globe who had the imagination to speculate on nature’s extraordinary ways, and who had the courage to articulate such speculations at a time when to do so was often considered heresy. With each chapter focusing on an early evolutionary thinker, Darwin’s Ghosts is a fascinating account of a diverse group of individuals who, despite the very real dangers of challenging a system in which everything was presumed to have been created perfectly by God, felt compelled to understand where we came from. Ultimately, Stott demonstrates, ideas—including evolution itself—evolve just as animals and plants do, by intermingling, toppling weaker notions, and developing over stretches of time. Darwin’s Ghosts presents a groundbreaking new theory of an idea that has changed our very understanding of who we are. Praise for Darwin’s Ghosts “Absorbing . . . Stott captures the breathless excitement of an investigation on the cusp of the unknown. . . . A lively, original book.”—The New York Times Book Review “Stott’s research is broad and unerring; her book is wonderful. . . . An exhilarating romp through 2,000 years of fascinating scientific history.”—Nature “Stott brings Darwin himself to life. . . . [She] writes with a novelist’s flair. . . . Darwin and the ‘ghosts’ so richly described in Ms. Stott’s enjoyable book are the descendants of Aristotle and Bacon and the ancestors of today’s scientists.”—The Wall Street Journal “Riveting . . . 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.”—The Guardian (U.K.)

Darwin s Ghosts

Darwin's Ghosts was inspired by a series of true events that effectively happened in the nineteenth century. However improbable they may seem at first glance, these have all been rigorously documented. Readers will have to decide for ...

Author: Ariel Dorfman

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 9781609808259

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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From the author of Death and the Maiden and other works that explore relations of power in the postcolonial world comes the story of a man whose distant past comes to haunt him. Is the sordid story behind human zoos that flourished in Europe in the nineteenth century connected somehow to a boy's life a hundred years later? On Fitzroy Foster's fourteenth birthday on September 11, 1981, he receives an unexpected and unwelcome gift: when his father snaps his picture with a Polaroid, another person's image appears in the photo. Fitzroy and his childhood sweetheart, Cam, set out on a decade-long journey in search of this stranger's identity—and to reinstate his own—across seas and continents, into the far past and the evil and good that glint in the eyes of the elusive visitor. Seamlessly weaving together fact and fiction, Darwin's Ghosts holds up a different light to Conrad's "The horror! The horror!" and a different kind of answer to the urgent questions, Who are we? And what can we do about it?

The Poetry of Erasmus Darwin

The Darwin with whom 'evolution' is now most identified asserted, in a brief but damning aside, that 'It is curious how ... For Erasmus Darwin's importance as one of the 'ghosts' whispering in his grandson's ear, see Rebecca Stott, ...

Author: Martin Priestman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317020981

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 324

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While historians of science have focused significant attention on Erasmus Darwin’s scientific ideas and milieu, relatively little attention has been paid to Darwin as a literary writer. In The Poetry of Erasmus Darwin: Enlightened Spaces, Romantic Times, Martin Priestman situates Darwin’s three major poems - The Loves of the Plants (1789), The Economy of Vegetation (1791) and The Temple of Nature (1803) - and Darwin himself within a large, polymathic late-Enlightenment network of other scientists, writers, thinkers and social movers and shakers. Interpreting Darwin’s poetry in terms of Darwin’s broader sense of the poetic text as a material space, he posits a significant shift from the Enlightenment’s emphases on conceptual spaces to the Romantic period’s emphases on historical time. He shows how Darwin’s poetry illuminates his stance toward all the major physical sciences and his well-formulated theories of evolution and materially based psychology. Priestman’s study also offers the first substantial accounts of Darwin’s mythological theories and their links to Enlightenment Rosicrucianism and Freemansonry, and of the reading of history that emerges from the fragment-poem The Progress of Society, a first-ever printed edition of which is included in an appendix. Ultimately, Priestman’s book offers readers a sustained account of Darwin’s polymathic Enlightenment worldview and cognate poetics in a period when texts are too often judged by their adherence to a retrospectively constructed ’Romanticism’.

The Art of Insubordination

3 preface to On the Origin of Species : Charles Darwin , On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection ( London ... See Rebecca Stott , Darwin's Ghosts : The Secret History of Evolution ( New York : Spiegel & Grau Trade ...

Author: Todd B. Kashdan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780593420898

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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A highly practical and researched-based toolbox for anyone who wants to create a world with more justice, creativity, and courage. For too long, the term insubordination has evoked negative feelings and mental images. But for ideas to evolve and societies to progress, it’s vital to cultivate rebels who are committed to challenging conventional wisdom and improving on it. Change never comes easily. And most would-be rebels lack the skills to overcome hostile audiences who cling desperately to the way things are. Based on cutting-edge research, The Art of Insubordination is the essential guide for anyone seeking to be heard, make change, and rebel against an unhealthy status quo. Learn how to • Resist the allure of complacency • Discover the value of being around people who stop conforming and start deviating. • Produce messages that influence the majority-- when in the minority. • Build mighty alliances • Manage the discomfort when trying to rebel • Champion ideas that run counter to traditional thinking • Unlock the benefits of being in a group of diverse people holding divergent views • Cultivate curiosity, courage, and independent, critical thinking in youth Filled with engaging stories about dissenters in the trenches as well as science that will transform your thinking. The Art of Insubordination is for anyone who seeks more justice, courage, and creativity in the world.

Darwin s Ghost

A modern geneticist revisits Darwin's classic work to offer contemporary examples and modern research that confirm the book's conclusions on evolution.

Author: Steve Jones

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: PSU:000048660624

Category: Science

Page: 377

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A modern geneticist revisits Darwin's classic work to offer contemporary examples and modern research that confirm the book's conclusions on evolution.


... Ronald D. Simpson & Wyatt W. Anderson Darwin's Ghosts : The Influence of Darwinism on the Nineteenth - Century Ghost Story Lenora Ledwon Freud's “ Phylogenetic Fantasy " : Poetry or Truth Peter T. Hoffer Darwin and Gender Lawrence ...



ISBN: STANFORD:36105008450863

Category: American literature


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J Sheridan Le Fanu

Author: Gary William Crawford

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: UOM:39015034241037

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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Known primarily for his ghost stories and mysteries, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu was one of the most popular writers of the Victorian era. This volume provides a virtually complete record of all works written by Le Fanu, along with a bibliography of books, articles, and dissertations about him. While most of the annotations are descriptive, some are evaluative, particularly when the work cited contains factual errors.

Darwin and Hegel

It is said , correctly I believe , that if a person sees a ghost sitting in a chair , but can be induced to sit down boldly as if the ghost were not there , the ghost will take offence and go away . I am not personally acquainted with ...

Author: David George Ritchie


ISBN: STANFORD:36105011797698

Category: Philosophy

Page: 285

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This late 19th-century work is a study of the theories of Charles Darwin, Hegel, Plato, Locke and others.