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Richard Owen [electronic resource] : biology without Darwin /
Nicolaas A. Rupke.
edition
Rev. ed.
imprint
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.
description
xxii, 344 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0226731774 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780226731773 (pbk. : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.
isbn
0226731774 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780226731773 (pbk. : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Introduction : personality matters -- Museum politics -- Gothic designs -- The vertebrate blueprint -- Eclipsed by Darwin -- Cerebral constructs -- Frames of mind.
catalogue key
11564677
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Reviews
Review Quotes
"A marvellous achievement. . . . Owen comes into clearer focus than ever before. . . . Rupke does us great service in restoring parts of the Victorian world usually neglected in favour of the quest for origins."-Janet Browne, Times Literary Supplement
"A marvellous achievement. . . . Owen comes into clearer focus than ever before. . . . Rupke does us great service in restoring parts of the Victorian world usually neglected in favour of the quest for origins."Janet Browne, Times Literary Supplement
"One of the many strengths of Rupke''s impressive book is the way in which the institutional framework is convincingly integrated with the style and content of Owen''s science. . . . This is carefully documented, exciting, and convincing history."
"Riveting. In relating bitter Victorian debates Rupke shows how science affected great social and religious questions still urgently relevant today." (Best Books of 1994)
"Riveting. In relating bitter Victorian debates Rupke shows how science affected great social and religious questions still urgently relevant today." Financial Times
"Riveting. In relating bitter Victorian debates Rupke shows how science affected great social and religious questions still urgently relevant today."Financial Times
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The Australian, September 2009
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Main Description
In the mid-1850s, no scientist in the British Empire was more visible than Richard Owen. Mentioned in the same breath as Isaac Newton and championed as Britain's answer to France's Georges Cuvier and Germany's Alexander von Humboldt, Owen was, as the Times declared in 1856, the most "distinguished man of science in the country." But, a century and a half later, Owen remains largely obscured by the shadow of the most famous Victorian naturalist of all, Charles Darwin. Publicly marginalized by his contemporaries for his critique of natural selection, Owen suffered personal attacks that undermined his credibility long after his name faded from history. With this innovative biography, Nicolaas Rupke resuscitates Owen's reputation. Arguing that Owen should no longer be judged by the evolution dispute that figured in only a minor part of his work, Rupke stresses context, emphasizing the importance of places and practices in the production and reception of scientific knowledge. Dovetailing with the recent resurgence of interest in Owen's life and work, Rupke's book brings the forgotten naturalist back into the canon of the history of science and demonstrates how much biology existed with, and without, Darwin
Main Description
In the mid-1850s, no scientist in the British Empire was more visible than Richard Owen. Mentioned in the same breath as Isaac Newton and championed as Britain's answer to France's Georges Cuvier and Germany's Alexander von Humboldt, Owen was, as theTimesdeclared in 1856, the most "distinguished man of science in the country." But, a century and a half later, Owen remains largely obscured by the shadow of the most famous Victorian naturalist of all, Charles Darwin. Publicly marginalized by his contemporaries for his critique of natural selection, Owen suffered personal attacks that undermined his credibility long after his name faded from history. With this innovative biography, Nicolaas Rupke resuscitates Owen's reputation. Arguing that Owen should no longer be judged by the evolution dispute that figured in only a minor part of his work, Rupke stresses context, emphasizing the importance of places and practices in the production and reception of scientific knowledge. Dovetailing with the recent resurgence of interest in Owen's life and work, Rupke's book brings the forgotten naturalist back into the canon of the history of science and demonstrates how much biology existed with, and without, Darwin

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