Month: December 2013

Book Review: "Alfred Russel Wallace’s 1886–1887 Travel Diary: The North American Lecture Tour" edited by Charles H. Smith and Megan Derr

I have just had a new book review of published in the December 2013 volume of British Journal for the History of Science (vol. 46, no. 4).*

It is of the excellent Alfred Russel Wallace’s 1886–1887 Travel Diary: The North American Lecture Tour edited by Charles H. Smith and Megan Derr which has recently been published by the Siri Scientific Press.

It is a truly wonderful book which brings to life Wallace’s travel diary written during his 10 month lecture tour in the USA and Canada.

Importantly, it is not only of interest to those studying Alfred Russel Wallace but also for those interested in the history and reception of Darwinism in America, the history of botany, geology and various other sciences as well as general American social history as Wallace often makes comments about America in the late 1880s.

It is a delight to have the opportunity to take a journey around America at a time when it was changing rapidly with someone as perceptive as Wallace. And, with Smith and Derr’s additions, the context is greater expanded.

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*You can read it either from my Academia.edu page or from the BJHS site. 

TALK in Southampton: "Alfred Russel Wallace, Explorer, Evolutionist and Campaigner: Seeking the Bubble Reputation" by Dr Peter Raby

On 4 December 2013 there is a talk on Alfred Russel Wallace by Dr Peter Raby who is Emeritus Fellow of Homerton College, Cambridge.

Peter will be talking about “Alfred Russel Wallace, Explorer, Evolutionist and Campaigner: Seeking the Bubble Reputation” as part of the “Victorian Reputations” seminar series organised by the new Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-century Research (SCNR) based at the University of Southampton. (more…)