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Deep Things out of DarknessA History of Natural History$
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John G. T. Anderson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273764

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273764.001.0001

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. Before the Origin

. Before the Origin

(p.91) EIGHT . Before the Origin
Deep Things out of Darkness

John G. T. Anderson

University of California Press

In which we examine the origins of Darwinian biology through an examination of both the background of late eighteenth-century science and the scientists and inventors who populated the period. These included the French encyclopedist Buffon; Lamarck, the popularizer of the “inheritance of acquired characters” and Darwin’s grandfather, Erasmus Darwin. There is also discussion of the Lunar Society and its members’ importance in the rise of industrial Britain, science, and the Darwin family fortune.

Keywords:   Buffon, Lamarck, Lunar Society, Josiah Wedgwood, Erasmus Darwin, evolution, Malthus, The Loves of the Plants

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