December 1966

Evolution and the Nature of Natural Science

Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(6):525-527. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290180001001

WHEN HEN I saw the title of this book, I had supposed that it would contain studies of rather than studies in the literature of the natural science. But there is no concern for literature as such. What it turns out to be is some sort of anthology. But it is very good. To begin with, it deals with the first 30 years of science at the beginning of the 19th century. It leads far beyond this. Then we find details of many early versions of the theories of evolution such as were enunciated by Erasmus Darwin and then by the French and German theorists. Mostly they praised the Creator with fervor. Vestiges of creation seen in the sands of time were explained away or lost in the fact blindness of powerful ideological drives. At length comes parading a substantial discussion of Darwinian evolution.

As the 18th century was giving

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