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Darwin and the General Reader : The Reception of Darwin's Theory of Evolution in the British Periodical Press, 1859-72 - Alvar Ellegard

Darwin and the General Reader

The Reception of Darwin's Theory of Evolution in the British Periodical Press, 1859-72

Paperback Published: 1st January 1990
ISBN: 9780226204871
Number Of Pages: 400

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Drawing on his investigation of over one hundred mid-Victorian British newspapers and periodicals, Alvar Ellegård describes and analyzes the impact of Darwin's theory of evolution during the first dozen years after the publication of the Origin of Species. Although Darwin's book caused an immediate stir in literary and scientific periodicals, the popular press largely ignored it. Only after the work's implications for theology and the nature of man became evident did general publications feel compelled to react; each social group responded according to his own political and religious prejudices. Ellegård charts the impact of this revolution in science, maintaining that although the idea of evolution was generally accepted, Darwin's primary contribution, the theory of natural selection, was either ignored or rejected among the public.

Foreword
Preface
The Background
The Climate of Opinion
The Press on the Progress of Darwinism
Darwinism at the British Association
Science and Religion: A Mid-Victorian Conflict
The Argument of Design
Miracles
The Bible
Mid-Victorian Philosophy of Science
The Immutable Essence of Species
Missing Links
The Battle against Natural Selection
The Case for Darwin
The Descent of Man
Summary and Conclusion
Statistical Analysis of the Press Reaction
List of Periodicals with Index of Quotations
Index of Names, with Biographical
Notes
Bibliography of Citations
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226204871
ISBN-10: 0226204871
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st January 1990
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54