The Wonderful Century: Its Successes and Its Failures

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Cambridge University Press, 17 nov 2011 - 454 pagina's
The British naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was one of the leading evolutionary thinkers of the nineteenth century. He is best known for working in parallel with Darwin on evolution and natural selection. A social reformer and a prolific writer, he criticised the social and economic system in nineteenth-century Britain, and raised concerns over the environmental impact of human activity. First published in 1898, this book looks back over the history of the nineteenth century, and describes its material and intellectual achievements with the aim 'to show how fundamental is the change they have effected in our life and civilization'. The book surveys technological inventions such as the railway, the telegraph and telephone, as well as photography. But it also analyses the century's 'failures', and discusses the issues of poverty, greed and militarism.
 

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MINOR APPLICATIONS OF PHYSICAL PRINCIPLES
58
A SOURCE OF BEAUTY
68
A FEW OF THE GREAT PROBLEMS OF CHEMISTRY
85
ASTRONOMY AND COSMIC THEORIES
92
THE GLACIAL EPOCH AND THE
109
EVOLUTION AND NATURAL SELECTION
134
AS COMPARED WITH EARLIER CENTURIES
150
FAILURES
159
THE OPPOSITION TO HYPNOTISM AND PSYCHICAL
194
VACCINATION A DELUSIONITS PENAL ENFORCE
213
MILITARISMTHE CURSE OF CIVILIZATION
324
THE PLUNDER OF THE EARTHCONCLUSION
367
APPENDIXTHE REMEDY FOR WANT IN
380
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