Category Archives: Book Reviews

Re-reading, re-creating

I have recently been going through the somewhat unnerving experience of re-reading my own book. There are good reasons for this, to do with writing something that closely relates to work that I completed more years ago than I care … Continue reading

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[Review] The Genius of Erasmus Darwin

C.U.M. Smith & Robert Arnott, eds. The Genius of Erasmus Darwin , Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2005, xvii + 416 pp., illus, $130. As we approach [This review appeared in Journal of the History of Biology 41(4): 766 – 768 in 2008] the bicentennial of … Continue reading

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[Review] Richard Owen. Biology Without Darwin.

Nicolass Rupke. Richard Owen: Biology without Darwin. xxiv + 344pp., Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. $29.00, (paper). The Natural History Museum in London recently unveiled its Darwin Center, the most significant expansion of the Museum since it opened at its present site in … Continue reading

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[Review] Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion and the Politics of Human Origins.

It is not often that one reads a book that discusses both the sixteenth century Spanish human rights advocate Bartolomé de Las Casas and the twentieth century American neo-Nazi Richard Butler, but David Livingstone’s latest monograph does just that. Livingstone offers a … Continue reading

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[Review] Wiker “The Darwin Myth”

[The following review appeared in the Journal of the History of Biology 43: 609-611] Benjamin Wiker, The Darwin Myth: The Life and Lies of Charles Darwin, (Washington DC, Regnery, 2009), xii + 196pp., $27.95. When the promotional material for a … Continue reading

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Pictures of Isaac.

I have recently finished reading the book Recreating Newton by my Whewell’s Ghost co-blogger Rebekah ‘Becky’ Higgitt and I have decided to write a brief review of her efforts and you can read my thoughts here.  

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Mr X

There is a scholar, call him Mr X, who received his training within the academy, but who found it wasn’t enough. He wanted more: to move outside of his wonky circle of colleagues, to engage the public, to communicate ideas … Continue reading

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Darwin and the Linguistic Image

(Another review that was published a few years back, in this case in Isis in 2001. Alter’s book is still in print and still worth reading.) Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species was written in a vivid style and, as such, is frequently … Continue reading

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Gould & Conkin on Science & Religion

(The following is the text of a review I wrote that appeared in Journal of the History of Biology in 2000. As both of the books are still in print – and the Gould book is his exposition of Nonoverlapping … Continue reading

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