Darwin's Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists (Paperback)Rebecca Stott (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 319 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Thrilling ... impressively researched ... A gripping and ambitious history of science which gives a vivid sense of just how many forebears Darwin had; even if none of them can match the man himself * Sunday Times *
Rebecca Stott's beautifully written and compelling book is the story of some of the men - and they were all men - who came before, and how the evolution of their ideas mirrors the evolution of species ... These mavericks and heretics put their lives on the line. Finally, they are getting the credit they deserve * Independent on Sunday *
Clever, compassionate and compellingly written, Stott has interwoven history and science to enchanting effect. The evolution of the theory of evolution is a brilliant idea for a book, and she has realised it wonderfully * Tom Holland *
From Aristotle onwards, evolutionists have - thank God - always been a quarrelsome lot; and not much has changed. Rebecca Stott shows how dispute, prejudice and rage have accompanied their science from the very beginning. 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 *
A masterful retelling of the collective daring of a few like-minded men who had the courage to publish their speculations at a time when to do so, for political as well as religious reasons, was to risk everything. It is the story of an idea that would change the modern world * Observer *
Impressive scholarship and compelling narrative; a fine book * Brenda Maddox *
Charles Darwin provided the mechanism for the evolution of the exquisite adaptations found in plants and animals but the awareness that species can change had been growing long before him. With wonderful clarity Rebecca Stott traces how ideas about biological evolution themselves evolved in the minds of great biologists from Aristotle onwards. Darwin would have loved this brilliant book - and so do I * Sir Patrick Bateson, President of the Zoological Society of London *
Exciting, gripping and addictively readable * Independent on Sunday on Darwin and the Barnacle *
This is a brilliant performance with a grip like that of the Ancient Mariner * New Scientist *
Mesmerizing ... Ghostwalk has an all-too-rare scholarly authority and imaginative sparkle ... Rebecca Stott has accomplished something distinctively fresh * New York Times Book Review on Ghostwalk *
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