Collected Essays: Volume 8, Discourses: Biological and Geological

Collected Essays: Volume 8, Discourses: Biological and Geological

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Known as 'Darwin's Bulldog', the biologist Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95) was a tireless supporter of the evolutionary theories of his friend Charles Darwin. Huxley also made his own significant scientific contributions, and he was influential in the development of science education despite having had only two years of formal schooling. He established his scientific reputation through experiments on aquatic life carried out during a voyage to Australia while working as an assistant surgeon in the Royal Navy; ultimately he became President of the Royal Society (1883-5). Throughout his life Huxley struggled with issues of faith, and he coined the term 'agnostic' to describe his beliefs. This nine-volume collection of Huxley's essays, which he edited and published in 1893-4, demonstrates the wide range of his intellectual interests. Volume 8 contains public lectures given by Huxley, on themes as diverse as yeast, lobsters and palaeontology.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 113914927X
  • 9781139149273

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Preface; 1. On a piece of chalk [1868]; 2. The problems of the deep sea [1873]; 3. On some of the results of the expedition of H.M.S. Challenger [1875]; 4. Yeast [1871]; 5. On the formation of coal [1870]; 6. On the border territory between the animal and the vegetable kingdoms [1876]; 7. A lobster; or, the study of zoology [1861]; 8. Biogenesis and abiogenesis [1870]; 9. Geological contemporaneity and persistent types of life [1862]; 10. Geological reform [1869]; 11. Palaeontology and the doctrine of evolution [1870].
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