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Natural Selection & Beyond: The Intellectual Legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace

edited by Charles H. Smith and George Beccaloni
New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. 482 pages.

Reviewer Sherrie Lyons describes Natural Selection & Beyond as “a valuable and welcome addition, elucidating the many different facets of this complicated and talented man.” The essays in the first part of the book consider Wallace as a field biologist and collector. The essays in the second part consider Wallace’s other interests, including his views on socialism, eugenics, and spiritualism. Lyons concludes, “Wallace has to be one of the most interesting people in the history of science. This volume does an admirable job in elucidating the reasons why.”