The Evolution of Charles Darwin

The Triumph of the Darwinian Method

by Michael T. Ghiselin
In a recent issue of the London Times Literary Supplement, a reviewer of Darwin’s correspondence with Henslow marveled how the untried young man, a prospective candidate for Holy Orders, could sail away in the Beagle with nothing but courage and horse sense and without ever having had a training in …

What Mendel Knew

Fundamenta Genetica: The Revised Edition of Mendel's Classic Paper with a Collection of Twenty-seven Original Papers Published During the Rediscovery Era in Brno in 1865. Moravian Museum. Anthropological Publications (Oosterhout, The Netherlands); also Cz

Selection and Commentary by Jaroslav Krizenecky, with an Introduction by Bohumil Nemec
The old adage that a prophet is not without honor save in his own country has had two innings in the case of Gregor Mendel. It was in 1865 that that remarkable man founded the science of genetics, for nothing less by way of expression is adequate to describe the …

At the Edge of Science

The Discovery of Time

by Stephen Toulmin and June Goodfield
In universities where they are taught, there are two subjects which are usually combined into one department: the history of science and the philosophy of science; and they can make strange bedfellows. The history of science, reconstructing the problems with which great men of science of the past were confronted, …

In the Genes

New Paths in Biology

by Adolf Portmann
It is now more than a third of a century since research has been carried out, with increasingly profitable results, on the working hypotheses provided by the synthetic theory of evolution. According to the synthetic theory, organic evolution is satisfactorily explained, in principle and in many details, by the mechanisms …