Monday, July 14, 2008

The intriguing story of Alfred Wallace: Darwin’s Rival

Alfred Rusel Wallace

It's 150 years since Darwin made one of the the most significant breakthroughs in scientific history - the theory of natural selection. But if it hadn't been for a young ornithologist Alfred Wallace, on the other side of the world, his seminal work might never have appeared.

Alerted to Wallace’s own theory of natural selection, and afraid it would be Wallace who be credited with ‘his’ theory and in effect washed a life-times work down the toilet, Darwin was was prompted to publically announce his research, and then publish them as ‘On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection’.

The Observer's Robin McKie tells the extraordinary and fascinating story behind 'The Origin of Species'
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