Book ID: CBB469571792

Evolution Before Darwin: Theories of the Transmutation of Species in Edinburgh, 1804–1834 (2019)

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Jenkins, Bill (Author)


Edinburgh University Press


Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 232
Language: English

It was long believed that evolutionary theories received an almost universally cold reception in British natural history circles in the first half of the nineteenth century. However, a relatively recently serious doubt has been cast on this assumption. This book shows that Edinburgh in the late 1820s and early 1830s was witness to a ferment of radical new ideas on the natural world, including speculation on the origin and evolution of life, at just the time when Charles Darwin was a student in the city. Those who were students in Edinburgh at the time could have hardly avoided coming into contact with these new ideas. This book is the first major study of what was probably the most important centre or pre-Darwinian evolutionary thought in the British Isles. It sheds new light on the genesis and development of one of the most important scientific theories in the history of western thought.

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Authors & Contributors
Wale, Matthew
Jenkins, Bill
Allen, David Elliston
Chalmers, J.
Bregman, Leigh Davin
Maddox, Brenda
Journals
Archives of Natural History
British Journal for the History of Science
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Journal of the History of Collections
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Journal of the History of Biology
Publishers
Ashgate Publishing
NMS Publishing
Da Capo Press
Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung
Palgrave Macmillan
Routledge
Concepts
Natural history
Scientific communities; interprofessional relations
Transmission of ideas
Evolution
Biology
Naturalists
People
Darwin, Charles Robert
Audubon, John James
Freud, Sigmund
Jones, Ernest
Forbes, Edward
Roberts, George
Places
Great Britain
Edinburgh
Scotland
Germany
Latin America
South Africa
Times
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
Institutions
University of Edinburgh
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