Charles Darwin - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080093475, 9781483184487

Charles Darwin

1st Edition

The Founder of the Theory of Evolution and Natural Selection

Authors: Gerhard Wichler
eBook ISBN: 9781483184487
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1961
Page Count: 308
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Charles Darwin: The Founder of the Theory of Evolution and Natural Selection provides a comprehensive coverage of the whole spectrum of the theory of evolution. The title presents the historical accounts and conceptual basis that leads to the foundation of the theory of evolution. The text first covers the history of the theory of evolution; the book also details the early form of the theory up to the point of the theories acceptance. Next, the selection discusses the basis and development of theory of evolution. The book will be of great interest to anyone who wants to investigate in great depth the theory of evolution.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


Part I The History of the Theory of Evolution

1. The Early Period of the Idea of Evolution (approx. 1600-1730) Raleigh, Hale, Leibniz, de Maillet

2. Linné (1707-1778) and Buffon (1707-1788)

3. In the Period 1770-1805 the Constancy of Species was accepted as a Scientific View. Only the Natural Philosophers Treviranus and Erasmus Darwin advocated The Theory of Evolution

4. The additional Knowledge gained in the Nineteenth Century did not further Ideas on Descent—Cuvier, von Baer

5. Summary of Arguments for and against the Theory of Evolution

6. Sentimental Reasons against the Theory of Evolution

7. The Three Followers of the Theory of Evolution known before 1859: Lamarck, Chambers, Geoffroy St. Hilaire

8. Further (up to 1859 unknown) Followers of the Theory of Evolution—Schleiden, von Unger, Schaaffhausen, Spencer

9. In the last Decades before 1859 the Hypothesis of Creation of all Species was generally accepted

Part II The Basis and Development of the Theories of Evolution and Natural Selection by Darwin


10. How Darwin arrived at the Theory of Evolution

11. Basis of the Theory of Natural Selection

12. The History of the Theory of Natural Selection

13. Development of the Theories of Evolution and Natural Selection

Evidence that Sufficient Variations Occur in Nature

Evidence of the Harshness of the Struggle for Life

Solution of the Counter-arguments (Arguments against Descent)

Addition of New Evidences to the Known Proofs for Evolution

Part III

14.Darwin Promoted or Established New Branches of Biology

Researches on Domesticated Animals and Cultivated Plants

The Expression of the Emotions

The Problem of Instinct

Darwin: A Modern Animal Psychologist

The Theory of the Causes of Variability

The Distribution of Animals and Plants on Earth

Sexual Selection

The Biology of Flowers

15. The Development of the Main Work (the Monograph on Cirripedia)

Alfred Russell Wallace

16. Darwin's Life

Darwin's Paternal Ancestors

Darwin's Maternal Ancestors

The Life of Charles Darwin

17. Fundamental Dispositions, Faculties and Characteristics which contributed to Darwin's Great Achievements

His Love and Tendency for Science

Darwin's Power of Observation

Collaboration with other Scientists


His Clarity

Darwin's Non-dogmatic Thinking

No Tendency for Philosophizing

His Single-mindedness

His Equanimity

18. Darwin's Collaboration with Hooker

19. Other Factors which Contributed to Darwin's Achievements

Darwin's Favourable Financial Situation

Propitious Conditions for Natural Sciences

A Happy Marriage and an Harmonious Family Life

Family Life

Darwin's Circle of Friends

Joseph Hooker (1814-1911)

Asa Gray (1810-1888)

Thomas Huxley (1825-1895)

Charles Lyell (1797-1875)


Darwin's Theories and Religion

The Works of Darwin published as Books

Name Index

Subject Index


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Gerhard Wichler

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