Darwin’s Ghosts

Rebecca Stott, Darwin’s Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution

A nice book. I have enjoyed listening to it. Below there are scientists, considered in detail in the book.

An excerpt: http://www.randomhouse.com/book/204510/darwins-ghosts-by-rebecca-stott#excerpt

Chapter 2: Aristotle Eyes – Lesbos, 344 BC

  • The History of Animals, Parts of Animals

Chapter 3: The Worshipful Curiosity of Jahiz – Basra and Baghdad, 850

  • Jahiz: Book of Living Beings

Chapter 4: Leonardo and the Potter – Milan 1493; Paris, 1570

  • A Huguenot potter Bernard Palissy

Chapter 5: Trembley’s Polyp – The Hague, 1740

  • Abraham Trembley

Chapter 6: The Consul of Cairo – Cairo, 1708

  • Benoit de Maillet: Telliamed, On the origin of Species

Chapter 7: The Hotel of the Philosophers – Paris, 1749

  • Denis Diderot: D’Alembert’s Dream, Letter on the Blind, Thoughts on the Interpretation of Nature

Chapter 8: Erasmus Underground – Derbyshire, 1767

  • Erasmus Darwin: The Loves of the Plants, of Observations of the Zoonomia, The Temple of Nature, Zoonomia or the Laws of Organic Life

Chapter 9: The Jardin des Plantes – Paris, 1800

  • Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck
  • Georges Cuvier
  • Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire

Chapter 10: The Sponge Philosopher  – Edinburgh, 1826

  • Robert Edmond Grant

Chapter 11: The Encyclopedist – Edinburgh, 1844

  • Robert Chambers – Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation

Chapter 12: Alfred Wallace’s Fevered Dreams – Malay Archipelago, 1858


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