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My life : a record of events and opinions. Volume 1

Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer and biologist, best remembered as the co-discoverer, with Darwin, of natural selection. His extensive fieldwork and advocacy of the theory of evolution led to him being considered one of the nineteenth century's foremost biologists. He was later moved by a variety of personal experiences to examine the concept of spirituality, but his exploration into the potential for compatibility between spiritualism and natural selection alienated him from the scientific community. He was also a social activist, highly critical of unjust social and economic systems in nineteenth-century Britain, and one of the first prominent scientists to express concern over the environmental impact of human activity. This autobiography was first published in 1905. Volume 1 covers his childhood, his early social activism, and his expeditions to the Amazon and the Malay archipelago, which established his reputation
eBook, English, 2011
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2011
1 online resource (504 pages)
9780511996931, 9781108029582, 0511996934, 1108029582
Print version:
Preface; 1. My relatives and ancestors; 2. Usk: my earliest memories; 3. Hertford: the home of my boyhood; 4. Hertford: my school life; 5. Hertford: my home life; 6. London workers, secularists and Owenites; 7. Bedfordshire: surveying; 8. Bedfordshire: Turvey; 9. Bedfordshire: Silsoe and Leighton Buzzard; 10. Kington and Radnorshire; 11. Brecknockshire; 12. Shropshire and Jack Mytton; 13. Glamorganshire: Neath; 14. First literary efforts; 15. Remarks on my character at twenty-one; 16. London and Leicester; 17. Residence at Neath; 18. The journey to the Amazon; 19. 'In memoriam'; 20. In London, and voyage to Singapore; 21. The Malay archipelago – Singapore, Malacca, Borneo; 22. Celebres, the Moluccas, New Guinea, Timor, Java, and Sumatra; 23. Life in London, 1862–1871 – scientific and literary work; 24. Home life – my friends and acquaintances – Sir Charles Lyell.
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