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Darwin’s Pictures: Views of Evolutionary Theory, 1837– 1874

by Julia Voss
New Haven (CT): Yale University Press, 2010. 340 pages.

Reviewer Keith Thomson summarizes, “As Darwin was a poor draftsman, Julia Voss’s Darwin’s Pictures is not a critical retrospective of the man as an artist.

The Art of Evolution

edited by Barbara Larson and Fae Brauer
Hanover (NH): Dartmouth College Press, 2009. 332 pages.

In examining these two books on visual elements in Darwin’s work, reviewer Michael Ruse notes that the Origin, with its single illustration, was the exception: “In other works, there are illustrations galore, and only a fool (or a philosopher) could deny their importance.” Darwin’s Camera “does a magnificent job of tracing and explaining Darwin’s illustrations” to The Descent of Man, “giving great detail about the sources of the pictures and their

Darwin’s Camera: Art and Photography in the Theory of Evolution

by Phillip Prodger
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. 284 pages.

In examining these two books on visual elements in Darwin’s work, reviewer Michael Ruse notes that the Origin, with its single illustration, was the exception: “In other works, there are illustrations galore, and only a fool (or a philosopher) could deny their importance.” Darwin’s Camera “does a magnificent job of tracing and explaining Darwin’s illustrations” to The Descent of Man, “giving great detail about the sources of the pictures and their

The Annotated Origin

annotated by James T. Costa
Cambridge (MA): Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009. 576 pages.

According to reviewer Allen D. MacNeill, “The introduction to The Annotated Origin alone is worth the price of the book” for its biography of Darwin and its discussion of Darwin’s rush to publish in 1859.

The Origin Then and Now: An Interpretive Guide to the Origin of Species

by David N. Reznick
Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press, 2010. 432 pages.

“There is clearly a need for the general public to understand what Darwin did or did not say,” reviewer Piers J.

Lincoln & Darwin: Shared Visions of Race, Science, and Religion

by James Lander
Carbondale (IL): Southern Illinois University Press, 2010. 351 pages.

“As the subtitle suggests,” reviewer Steven Conn explains, “Lander’s approach to this well-worked material is to focus on three areas—race, science and religion—and argue that these two men shared the same outlook on all three.

The Darwin Experience

by John van Wyhe
Washington (DC): National Geographic Press, 2008. 64 pages.

Reviewer Michael D.

Here Be Dragons

by Dennis McCarthy
New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. 256 pages.

A spirited and readable survey of the history of biogeography, Here Be Dragons teems in accounts of unusual animals and exotic locales. The publisher writes, “The story of how animals and plants came to be found where they are — the story of biogeography — brings together two great theories of life and Earth: evolution and plate tectonics.

The Malay Archipelago

by Alfred Russel Wallace
Singapore: Periplus, 2008. 512 pages.

Not only the codiscoverer of evolution through natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace was also the father of the discipline of biogeography, discovering the Wallace Line separating the ecozones of Asia and (what is now called) Wallacea. The Malay Archipelago, published originally in 1869, was one of the most popular journals of scientific exploration of the nineteenth century, praised by Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell, and even the novelist Joseph Conrad (who called it his “favorite bedside companion”).

Darwin's Armada

by Iain McCalman
New York: W. W. Norton, 2009. 423 pages.

Subtitled Four Voyages and the Battle for the Theory of Evolution, McCalman’s book describes the nineteenth-century ocean journeys of Charles Darwin, Joseph Hooker, Thomas Henry Huxley, and Alfred Russel Wallace, and explains their importance and relevance to the nascent science of evolution.

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