Surely the “iconic” status of Darwin’s book could never have been predicted by either the author or his publisher.
We can add Andrew Berry to the list of those quick to praise Alfred Wallace on certain matters but equally quick to condemn him on others.
Wallace’s greatest “heresy” was to become, after his co-discovery of natural selection, “godfather” of the modern theory of intelligent design.
Part of his brilliance was in recognizing that an appropriate challenge to the reductionisms of our age required a thoroughly multidisciplinary approach.
Amidst all this chest thumping over neo-Darwinian certainties, doubts are unmistakably on the rise.