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Alfred Russel Wallace was 35 and stricken with malaria in the Moluccan Islands when, in a feverish flash of light, he stumbled on the theory of natural selection. It was his letter to Darwin about the discovery that panicked Darwin into rushing out On The Origin of Species
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Berry tells this story, "one of the most celebrated in the history of science, " beautifully. .".. an outstanding overview of Wallace's intellectual world."--"British Journal for the History of Science" .".. this collection of [Wallace's] writing, each section introduced by relevant remarks on Wallace's thinking at the time, is enthralling."--"New Scientist" "Berry's anthology of the most important writings ... should be read to appreciate fully the sophistication of Wallace's biological thought."--"Times Literary Supplement" "Berry's editorial commentary is succinct, accurate, and generally right to the point, and he has chosen his selections wisely, giving his readers a splendid, if somewhat teasing glimpse of Wallace's genius."--"Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2002" "In "Infinite Tropics", Andrew Berry does a wonderful job of excerpting Wallace's many writings ... Berry tells this story, 'one of the most celebrated in the history of science', beautifully"--"Daily Telegraph"About the Author:
Andrew Berry is a research associate at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology. He contributes to, among others, the "London Review of Books," "Nature," "Slate" and "The New York Observer."
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