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The Anonymity of Alfred Russel Wallace
A discussion on Alfred Russel Wallace's contribution to the field of science and his relative anonymity.
# 145583 | 855 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 17, 2010 in Biology (General)


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The paper relates that Alfred Russel Wallace was largely responsible for the idea of natural selection that was to lead to Darwin's theory of evolution. The paper considers why he has received so little acclaim after his death and why he is not well known today. The paper explains that, unlike Darwin, he was not part of the privileged class of the society of the time and did not enter into the world of science through the ordinary and conventional avenues. The paper argues that his contribution to science was significant and creative, but also unconventional.

From the Paper:

"The central point that is being made is that Wallace did not enter into the world of science through the ordinary and conventional avenues. This was to result in the fact that he became a scientist who was not tied to the normative and rigid conventions of the time. While to a certain extent this relegated him to the periphery of the formal scientific community, the argument could also be made that this fact made him a much better scientist in that his vision or view of scientific reality was more open-ended and not determined by any slavish adherence to conventional scientific norms. For example, his background and eclectic knowledge led him to develop an interest and expertise in botany, geology, and astronomy."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alfred Russel Wallace: A Capsule Biography. Retrieved January 14, 2009, from http://www.wku.edu/~smithch/index1.htm
  • Alfred Russel Wallace: Essential Background Information. Retrieved January 14, 2009, from http://darwin-conspiracy.co.uk/book/wallace_bg_info.html
  • Gribbin J. ( 2001) Alfred Russel Wallace: a life by Peter Raby. ( review) Retrieved January 14, 2009, fromhttp://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/alfred-russel-wallace-a-life-by-peter-raby-672845.html

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