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Borneo, Celebes, Aru

Celebes, 1856

Borneo, Celebes, Aru - Wallace, Alfred Russel - ISBN: 9780141025483
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Beschrijving

Racked with fever, virtually broke and earning a precarious living through sending back to London the plumes of beautiful birds, Wallace (1823-1913) ultimately became one of the most heroic and admirable of all scientist-explorers. Whether living with Hill Dyaks or hunting Orang-Utans or sailing on a junk to the unbelievably remote Aru islands, Wallace opens our eyes to a now long vanished world.


Alfred Russel Wallace, aside from having a patently misspelled middle name, during his eight years of wandering in southeast Asia, came to realize in a fevered dream off the coast of New Guinea the ‘origin of species’ completely independently of Darwin, who had been secretly mulling over the same concept for some years. The shock of receiving Wallace’s letter announcing his discovery pushed Darwin into writing The Origin of Species, thereby changing the entire course of scientific history – but the timing was entirely thanks to Wallace’s ravings on the Arafura Sea.

Details

Titel: Borneo, Celebes, Aru
auteur: Wallace, Alfred Russel
Mediatype: Boek
Bindwijze: Paperback
Taal: Engels
Aantal pagina's: 111
Uitgever: PENGUIN UK
NUR: Reisverhalen
Gewicht: 85 gr
ISBN/ISBN13: 9780141025483
Intern nummer: 7126173

Biografie (woord)

Alfred Russell Wallace (1823-1913) was a Welsh naturalist, geographer, anthropologist and biologist. Having worked with Walter Henry Bates in the Amazon (and lost all his collections in a catastrophic fire at sea), Wallace spent 1854 to 1862 wandering across the East Indies (now Malaysia and Indonesia) from Sumatra in the west to New Guinea in the east, earning his living as a bird-skin collector. It was while he was in the Aru Islands, off the coast of New Guinea, that (quite independently of Darwin) Wallace realised the true 'origin of the species'.

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