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Darwin Deleted: Imagining a World without Darwin

by Peter J Bowler

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. 318 pages.

Darwin Deleted, writes reviewer William Kimler, “is a fully fleshed imagining of the type of evolutionary theory that might have developed had Darwin not lived,” which “gives us a brilliant scholar, fully in command of his material, enjoying himself in thinking through what might otherwise have been by constructing a counterfactual history.” “[A]nyone who has read a biography of Darwin or followed the controversies over evolution will find a graceful, cogent discussion full of small gems and larger lessons.”