Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My Year of Darwin 9/3/2014: Natural selection not to slip from Darwin's fingers

 Charles Darwin

"But I do not know what to think: I rather hate the idea of writing for priority, yet I certainly should be vexed if any one were to publish my doctrines before me."  Charles Darwin,letter to C. Lyell, May 1856

Lyell is an established and famous geologist and Darwin seeks him out for advice. Darwin has been working on the species problem for two decades and has been scooped informally by Alfred Wallace. Panic has set in and should Darwin move forward to publish or develop his ideas more completely?

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