Was Alfred Wallace a “crazy” crank? Was he an undisciplined “dilettante” bemused by every fringe belief he encountered?
Its summer of dominance after neo-Darwinism arose and conquered every field of biology led to an autumn of colorful just-so stories, and now a Narnian rule.
To isolate and quantify the factors which ultimately led to the acceptance of Darwinian ideas is not a straightforward task.
Historian Michael Flannery continues his discussion with Tom Woodward about Alfred Russel Wallace, co-founder with Charles Darwin of the theory of evolution.
Although the designation of Huxley as Darwin’s “bulldog” is well known, acolyte is a more appropriate term and here’s why.