, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 415–419 | Cite as

Wallace’s World: Darwin in reverse—From natural selection to natural theology?

Michael A. Flannery: Nature’s prophet: Alfred Russel Wallace and his evolution from natural selection to natural theology. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2018, xvi + 260pp. USD$44.95 E-book
  • Patrick Armstrong
Review Essay

Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913) was, with Charles Darwin (1809–1882), the co-discoverer of the theory of evolution through natural selection. While Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, became one of the most famous scientists ever to have lived, and was, and is, a household name, Wallace has sometimes had a lower place on the scientific Pantheon. In recent decades, however, his life and work have received more detailed scrutiny: there are grounds for asserting that he was the more interesting character.

One biography was entitled Darwin’s Moon (Anabel Williams-Ellis, 1966), implying that Wallace revolved round Darwin, or was a less bright a light in the scientific firmament. Another was In Darwin’s Shadow(Michael Shermer, 2002) which, although it seems to suggest that he was partly obscured by Darwin, or eclipsed by him, strongly defends Wallace’s work and reputation. More recently, Wallace’s life and work has been subjected to further detailed and rigorous scrutiny....


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Armstrong
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  1. 1.University of Western AustraliaNedlandsAustralia

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