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Huxley : from devil's disciple to evolution's high priest, Adrian Desmond

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Huxley : from devil's disciple to evolution's high priest
Title
Huxley
Title remainder
from devil's disciple to evolution's high priest
Statement of responsibility
Adrian Desmond
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • T.H. Huxley (1825-1895) was Darwin's bloody-fanged bulldog. His giant scything intellect shook a prim Victorian society; his "Devil's gospel" of evolution outraged. He put "agnostic" into the vocabulary and cave men into the public consciousness. Adrian Desmond's fiery biography with its panoramic view of Dickensian life explains how this agent provocateur rose to become the century's greatest prophet. Synoptic in its sweep and evocative in its details, Desmond's biography reveals the poverty and opium-hazed tragedies of young Tom Huxley's life as well as the accolades and triumphs of his later years
  • Huxley pulled himself up to fight Darwin's battles in the 1860s, but left Darwin behind on the most inflammatory issues. He devastated angst-ridden Victorian society with his talk of ape ancestors, and tantalized and tormented thousands - from laborers to ladies of society, cardinals to Karl Marx - with his scintillating lectures. Out of his provocations came our image of science warring with theology. And out of them, too, came the West's new faith - agnosticism (he coined the word)
  • Champion of modern education, creator of an intellectually dominant profession, and president of the Royal Society, in Desmond's hands Huxley epitomizes the rise of the middle classes as they clawed power from the Anglican elite. His modern godless universe, intriguing and terrifying, millions of years in the making, was explored in his laboratory at South Kensington; his last pupil, H.G. Wells, made it the foundation of twentieth-century science fiction
Cataloging source
DLC
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1947-
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Desmond, Adrian J.
Dewey number
  • 509.2
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q143.H956
LC item number
D47 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Scientists
  • Huxley, Thomas Henry
Label
Huxley : from devil's disciple to evolution's high priest, Adrian Desmond
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Publication
Note
Originally published as 2 separate volumes: Huxley : the devil's disciple and Huxley : evolution's high priest. London : M. Joseph, 1994
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 751-782) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
37300577
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 820 pages
Isbn
9780201959871
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97022480
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Huxley : from devil's disciple to evolution's high priest, Adrian Desmond
Publication
Note
Originally published as 2 separate volumes: Huxley : the devil's disciple and Huxley : evolution's high priest. London : M. Joseph, 1994
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 751-782) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
37300577
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 820 pages
Isbn
9780201959871
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97022480
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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