Remarkably, Darwin’s evolutionary ideas did not derive from his empirical observations in the South Seas or anywhere else.
This stands the standard historiography and received wisdom concerning the development of modern evolutionary theory on its head.
While you are putting away all your white clothing until next summer, take a moment to consider the impact of labor on the development of evolutionary theory.
Darwinian biographer Janet Browne notes how Darwin’s illness may have become a convenient excuse for avoiding certain activities.
It is comforting to know that Himmelfarb never lost her intellectual acuity or her moral passion on the subject.