The theory of natural selection was the co-discovery of two men, but by the mid 1860s one of its progenitors began to reject his own theory.
It is appropriate that Fortuna’s emblematic representation with her ubiquitous wheel should have gone on to become the prototype of the modern roulette wheel.
One might call the 20th century a “philosopher of the gaps” period, with scientists basking in the headlines and philosophy finding less and less to do.
In an excerpt from his new book, Professor Flannery identifies Darwin’s principal failing in developing his theory.
As I asked in a previous post: Why is Alfred Russel Wallace today a comparatively little known figure next to Darwin?