Frank J. Sulloway is Visiting Scholar in the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author most recently of Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives. (November 2006)


Parallel Lives

Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins

by Nancy L. Segal
Which of us has not wondered how our life might have turned out had certain circumstances been different? Like characters inhabiting parallel universes in science fiction plots, we all live only a tiny fraction of the lives that might have been. As a teenager I won an acting award, spent …

He Almost Scooped Darwin

Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception, and Secret Authorship of 'Vestiges of the NaturalHistory of Creation'

by James A. Secord
In June 1860, Thomas Henry Huxley was planning to depart early from the annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Scheduled for the next day at the Oxford meeting was a discussion of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, which had appeared seven months earlier …

Darwin and His Doppelgänger

Charles Darwin: The Power of Place

by Janet Browne

In Darwin's Shadow: The Life and Science of Alfred Russel Wallace

by Michael Shermer
In 1922 Sigmund Freud wrote to Arthur Schnitzler, the Austrian playwright known for his penetrating psychological dramas, to congratulate him on reaching his sixtieth birthday. In this letter Freud asked himself why, for so many years, he had avoided meeting a fellow Viennese intellectual whose ideas he so esteemed for …

Darwinian Virtues

The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation

by Matt Ridley
Darwin on Man “Origin of man now proved…. He who understands baboon would do more towards metaphysics than Locke.” With this bold statement, made in a pocket notebook in 1838, Charles Darwin broached the revolutionary research program that would culminate in his two masterworks—the Origin of Species (1859) and the …

Darwinian Psychobiography

Charles Darwin: A New Life

by John Bowlby
Darwin as Biographer Although not generally known for his contributions to biography, Charles Darwin (1809–1882) was a biographer of considerable talents. He is also unusual as a biographer in having chronicled four generations in his own family history. Readers have delighted for more than a century in his Audiobiography (1887), …

The Metaphor and the Rock

Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle: Myth and Metaphor in the Discovery of Geological Time

by Stephen Jay Gould

"Is Uniformitarianism Necessary?"

by Stephen Jay Gould
Ever since the appearance of Ontogeny and Phylogeny a decade ago, Stephen Jay Gould has continued to delight and inform a wide spectrum of readers and, in doing so, to defy C.P. Snow’s lament about the “two cultures” of the sciences and the humanities. Gould’s monthly column in Natural History …