Apes, Angels, and Victorians;: The Story of Darwin, Huxley, by William Irvine, Sir Julian Huxley

By William Irvine, Sir Julian Huxley

Nice minds -- round whom the highbrow holocaust of the 19th century revolved -- are on the heart of this brilliant research, a portrait in choked with the boys and the period which gave start to the speculation of evolution. the 2 minds are Charles Darwin and Thomas Huxley, and this booklet is a skillful mix of heritage and biography.

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He felt too responsible to let his men run avoidable risks, and he was too humanitarian to let world, things rare natives be shot at even in self-defense. As a matter of fact, his world had turned to glass at the very moment when he was preparing to discover it. Three years of guiding his fragile, populous little wooden kingdom through the steamy waters and sharp labyrinths of the Coral Sea had changed an ambitious, idealistic young commander into a fearful, snarling, boasting, scrupleridden neurotic.

For ten minutes I did not quite know where I was, but by degrees I got used to it, and gradually gained perfect command of myself and of my 26 subject. Nevertheless, he received ing man" and two letters of criticism another from a Mr. Jodrell, who one from a "workafterward founded the Jodrell Lectureships at University College, London. " at first seems also to have been overtense and at times belligerent 28 He labeled the letters "Good Advice*' and kept them always at hand as a reminder. an audience allowed him no peace except in was and inevitable for a man so quick-witted and masterymastery so clear-headed, elaborately disciplined and omnisciently well-read* But his very fear of A Prophet in His Own Country 37 .

His massive Autobiography one of those books that is very amusing in retrospect, like a bore from whom one has escaped demonstrates that he took himself quite as seriously as he took the universe, and could explain himself as exhaustively and polysyllabically. Largely self-educated despite the desperate efforts of a pedagogical uncle and a pedagogical father to interfere, Spencer had learned much science and no Greek; invented, successfully and unsuccessfully, a great number of gadgets, from railroad speedometers to wire-drawn flying machines; embarked on several careers, from teaching school to constructing bridges; and was now gradually settling down to the comfortable and sedentary destiny of explaining everything.

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