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This book features Louis Agassiz's seminal lecture course in which the Swiss-American scientist, a self-styled American Humboldt, summarized the state of zoological knowledge in his time. Though Darwin's theory of evolution would soon dismantle his idealist science, Agassiz's lectures are nonetheless modern in their insistence on the social and cultural importance of the scientific enterprise. An extensive, well-illustrated introduction by Agassiz's biographer, Christoph Irmscher, situates Agassiz's lectures in the context of his life and nineteenth-century science, while also confronting the deeply problematic aspects of his legacy. Profusely annotated, this edition offers fascinating insights into the history of science and appeals to anyone with an interest in zoology and natural history. Christoph Irmscher provides a scholarly and insightful analysis of the intentions and beliefs of Louis Agassiz, a larger-than-life scientist of the mid-19th century and fierce opponent of Charles Darwin. One of the foremost naturalists of his time, Agassiz's encyclopedic knowledge and brash confidence sustained bold and often controversial theories, which contributed to extreme intellectual ferment at the dawn of contemporary evolutionary biology. James Hanken, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Harvard University, USA
This book contains six classic articles on the subject of structure in animal life, being a selection of essays exploring the relationship between natural history and the idea of God. Although old and largely scientifically out-dated, the information contained within these essays will be of considerable utility to those with an interest in the development of scientific thought, especially in relation to religion. Contents include: "e;Four Different Plans of Structure Among Animals"e;, "e;Religion and Natural History"e;, "e;Remote Antiquity of Animal Life as Shown in he Coral Reefs"e;, "e;Physical History of the Earth.--Man the Ultimate Object"e;, "e;Triple Coincidence in the Succession, Graduation, and Growth of Animals"e;, and "e;Evidence of an Intelligent and Constantly Creative Mind in the Plans and Variations of Structure"e;. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with its original artwork and text. First published in 1882.