Charles H. Smith is Science Librarian and Professor of Library Public Services at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green. With original training in biogeography and history of science, he continues to work from time to time on related theoretical, bibliographic, and historical subjects. He also maintains several informational websites, including the award winning “Alfred Russel Wallace Page” (http://www.wku.edu/∼smithch/index1.htm), and the bibliographic archive “Early Classics in Biogeography, Distribution, and Diversity Studies” (http://www.wku.edu/∼smithch/biogeog/).
Essays & Commentaries
Wallace's unfinished business: The “Other Man” in evolutionary theory
Version of Record online: 21 DEC 2004
Copyright © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 10, Issue 2, pages 25–32, November/December 2004
How to Cite
Smith, C. H. (2004), Wallace's unfinished business: The “Other Man” in evolutionary theory. Complexity, 10: 25–32. doi: 10.1002/cplx.20062
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- 3Smith, C.H., Ed. Alfred Russel Wallace; An Anthology of His Shorter Writings; Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, 1991; idem. Alfred Russel Wallace on Spiritualism, Man, and Evolution: An Analytical Essay; Torrington, CT, 1992; idem., Ed. Alfred Russel Wallace: Writings on Evolution, 1843–1912; 3 vols. Thoemmes Continuum: Bristol, UK, 2004; idem. Alfred Russel Wallace: Evolution of an Evolutionist [www document]. URL //www.wku.edu/∼smithch/wallace/chsarwp.htm. 2003-2004; idem. The Alfred Russel Wallace Page [www document]. URL //www.wku.edu/∼smithch/index1.htm. 2001–. Historian Martin Fichman has also adopted this interpretation in two recent works: Science in theistic contexts: A case study of Alfred Russel Wallace on human evolution. Osiris 2001, 16, 2d s., 227–250 idem. op. cit. (2).
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- 13//www.wku.edu/%7Esmithch/essays/WALLMO.htm; op. cit. Smith, 2003–2004 (3).Wallace's 'second moment': intelligent conviction and the course of human evolution [www document]. URL
- 14op. cit. (11); p 62.
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- 19Wallace's fatal flaw. Nat Hist 1980, 89(1), 26–40.
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- 24Man's Place in the Universe; London: Chapman & Hall, 1903;idem. The World of Life; Chapman & Hall: London, 1910.
- 25Once thought to be mere eccentricities, Wallace's excursions into spiritualism, socialism and other radical ventures are increasingly being recognized as fitting logically into his overall philosophy of nature. See op. cit. Fichman 2003 (2).
- 27op. cit. (18).
- 28See, for example: Relative influences of current and historical factors on mammal and bird diversity patterns in deglaciated North America. Global Ecol Biogeog 2003, 12, 475–481;idem.Water-energy balance and the geographic pattern of species richness of western Palearctic butterflies. Ecol Entomol 2003, 28, 678–686;Productivity and history as predictors of the latitudinal diversity gradient of terrestrial birds. Ecology 2003, 84, 1608–1623;Energy, water, and broad-scale geographic patterns of species richness. Ecology 2003, 84, 3105–3117;The relative importance of evolutionary and environmental controls on broad-scale patterns of species richness in North America. Ecoscience 1999, 6, 329–337;Butterfly species richness patterns in Canada: Energy, heterogeneity, and the potential consequences of climate change. Conservation Ecol 2001, 5, Art. No. 10;Water-energy dynamics, climate, and prediction of woody plant species richness: An interim general model. J Biogeogr 1998, 25, 379–398;Habitat heterogeneity as a determinant of mammal species richness in high-energy regions. Nature 1997, 385, 252–254.;
- 29Adaptation. In: Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology; Sober, E., Ed.; MIT Press: Cambridge, MA, 1984; pp 235–251, on pp 237–238.