Surely the “iconic” status of Darwin’s book could never have been predicted by either the author or his publisher.
Wallace’s greatest “heresy” was to become, after his co-discovery of natural selection, “godfather” of the modern theory of intelligent design.
Because the challenge is perennial, and because we’re not all philosophers, it’s good to come back to it from time to time.
“Some may ask, ‘What is the origin of the engineers? Therefore I don’t believe that this machine has been designed.’”
After Oparin’s coacervate theory was presented in the 1920s, it was dismissed as unworkable. Now, coacervates are back in style.