Collected Essays

Collected Essays

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Known as 'Darwin's Bulldog', the biologist Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95) was a tireless supporter of the evolutionary theories of his friend Charles Darwin. Huxley also made his own significant scientific contributions, and he was influential in the development of science education despite having had only two years of formal schooling. He established his scientific reputation through experiments on aquatic life carried out during a voyage to Australia while working as an assistant surgeon in the Royal Navy; ultimately he became President of the Royal Society (1883-5). Throughout his life Huxley struggled with issues of faith, and he coined the term 'agnostic' to describe his beliefs. This nine-volume collection of Huxley's essays, which he edited and published in 1893-4, demonstrates the wide range of his intellectual interests. Volume 8 contains public lectures given by Huxley, on themes as diverse as yeast, lobsters and no result, save that of entangling the inquirer in vague speculations, incapable of refutation and of verification. ... But, in truth, after much deliberation, I have been unable to think of any topic which would so well enable me to lead you to see ... Few passages in the history of man can be supported by such an overwhelming mass of direct and indirect evidence as ... and therefore a better, conception of this wonderful universe, and of mana#39;s relation to it, than the most learned studentanbsp;...

Title:Collected Essays
Author:Thomas Henry Huxley
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2011-12-29


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