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Alfred Russel Wallace's seminal work, 'On the Tendency of Species to Form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection,' marks a pivotal moment in scientific literature, intertwining with Charles Darwin's groundbreaking theory of evolution by natural selection. Presented in a collaborative effort with Darwin to the Linnean Society of London, this journal article is a keystone in biological sciences, contextualized within the Victorian era's burgeoning quest for understanding nature. Its clear, cogent prose lays the foundation for evolutionary biology as we know it, while simultaneously reflecting on the contributions of Joseph Dalton Hooker and Charles Lyell, integral in setting the stage for its reception. A thorough grasp of its content and style allows one to appreciate the literary and scientific precision immanent in its original 1858 publication.
Alfred Russel Wallace, an esteemed naturalist, geographer, and explorer, engaged deeply with the natural world which undeniably influenced the conception of his ideas on species variation and natural selection. His extensive travels through the Malay Archipelago and Amazon basin equipped him with empirical data and living examples that provided credence to his hypotheses. His parallel theorizing alongside Darwin underscores a shared intellectual zeitgeist among such naturalists of the time. Wallace's bold assertions within this article reflect his profound observational acumen and serve as a testament to his critical role in elucidating the mechanisms of evolutionary change.
The scholarly importance of 'On the Tendency of Species to Form Varieties' should not be understated, as it is as much a historic document as it is scientific. Recommended for readers with interests in evolutionary biology, history of science, and Victorian intellectual history, the work serves both as a glimpse into the past and a lens through which we might view the continuous evolution of scientific understanding. Wallace's contributions within these pages are essential for those seeking to fully comprehend the evolution of evolutionary thought itself.


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Alfred Russel Wallace, Charles Robert Darwin
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On the Tendency of Species to Form Varieties
Biografía del Autor
<p>Alfred Russel Wallace (1823?1913) was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist, and biologist, renowned for independently proposing the theory of evolution through natural selection, a feat he achieved concurrently with Charles Darwin. Wallace\'s seminal work, \'On the Tendency of Species to Form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection\' (1858), was the result of his extensive research in the Malay Archipelago. This paper, later known as the Sarawak Law, preluded his most monumental insight, which he elaborated upon in his essay \'On the Law which has Regulated the Introduction of New Species\' (1855). A man of prodigious intellect and boundless curiosity, Wallace\'s studies spanned a variety of disciplines. His literary style was expository and clear, aiming to communicate his complex theories and observations to both scientific peers and the educated public. Among his other significant works are \'The Malay Archipelago\' (1869), which remains one of the most celebrated chronicles of scientific exploration, and \'The Geographical Distribution of Animals\' (1876), where he delved into biogeography, laying the foundational principles for this field. Wallace is often overshadowed by Darwin, yet his contributions to biological science are invaluable. He received numerous awards, including the Order of Merit, in recognition of his scientific achievements.</p>
ISBN: 8596547168713
Referencia: BW1037876628

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