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Published on Jul 30, 2015
The independent discovery of evolution by natural selection by Darwin and Wallace is one of the most famous episodes in the history of science. Wallace’s story has been told many times in recent years, but almost always by amateur enthusiasts rather than historians. Since the 1960s, his story has changed dramatically. Alarmingly, almost everything you have heard about Wallace is wrong. The image of a cheated working-class hero whitewashed from history by the patrician Darwin and his establishment supporters may be irresistible, but it is also pure myth. This talk was in associated with the publication of 'Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters from the Malay Archipelago.' Foreword by Sir David Attenborough. OUP, 2013. Now available in paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Alfred-Russel-W...