BOOK: Huxley’s Church & Maxwell’s Demon: From Theistic Science to Naturalistic Science

Matthew Stanley, Huxley’s Church and Maxwell’s Demon: From Theistic Science to Naturalistic Science (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014), 336 pp. Publisher’s description During the Victorian period, the practice of science shifted from a religious context to a naturalistic one. It … Continue reading

BOOK: Life on Display: Revolutionizing U.S. Museums of Science and Natural History in the Twentieth Century

Karen A. Rader and Victoria E.M. Cain, Life on Display: Revolutionizing U.S. Museums of Science & Natural History in the Twentieth Century (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014), 456 pp Publisher’s Description Rich with archival detail and compelling characters, Life on … Continue reading

BOOK: Darwin’s Dice: The Idea of Chance in the Thought of Charles Darwin

Curtis Johnson, Darwin’s Dice: The Idea of Chance in the Thought of Charles Darwin (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), 288 pp Publisher’s Description For evolutionary biologists, the concept of chance has always played a significant role in the formation of evolutionary theory. … Continue reading

BOOK: Political Descent: Malthus, Mutualism, and the Politics of Evolution in Victorian England

Piers J. Hale, Political Descent: Malthus, Mutualism, and the Politics of Evolution in Victorian England (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014), 464 pp. Publisher’s description: Historians of science have long noted the influence of the nineteenth-century political economist Thomas Robert Malthus … Continue reading

BOOK: Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Community, Identity, Continuity

Gowan Dawson and Bernard Lightman, eds., Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Community, Identity, Continuity (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014), 368pp. Victorian Scientific Naturalism examines the secular creeds of the generation of intellectuals who, in the wake of The Origin of Species, wrested … Continue reading

BOOK: America’s Darwin: Darwinian Theory and U.S. Literary Culture

Tina Gianquitto and Lydia Fisher, eds., America’s Darwin: Darwinian Theory and U. S. Literary Culture (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2014), 401pp. While much has been written about the impact of Darwin’s theories on U.S. culture, and countless scholarly collections … Continue reading

BOOK: Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin

This new title is an absolutely beautiful book: Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny, and Bob Montgomerie, Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014), 544 pp. Ten Thousand Birds provides a thoroughly engaging and authoritative history of modern ornithology, … Continue reading