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Epilogue

in An Elusive Victorian

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780226246130
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226246154 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226246154.003.0007
Epilogue

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The epilogue summarizes the book's discussions of Alfred Russel Wallace's life and controversial intellectual career. The guiding vision of Wallace's life was to link science and the broader culture to ensure a benevolent future for all humanity, the epilogue states. Forging that benevolent link, he knew, would be an uphill battle. One of his major contributions was to realise that the price paid for maladaptation to past environments was displayed in the fossil record of extinct species. Such, Wallace believed, was the possible fate of humans in modern society. The epilogue goes on to summarize Wallace's political views and influences and finally discusses his legacy.

Keywords: Alfred Russel Wallace; science; humanity; maladaptation; modern society

Chapter.  5556 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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