When Alfred Russel Wallace wrote to Charles Darwin from a remote island in Indonesia in 1858, he could not possibly have imagined the consequences. Darwin forwarded the letter and its enclosed essay to Sir Charles Lyell with a despairing note: “So all my originality, whatever it may amount to, will be smashed.” Wallace had independently solved the problem of the origin of species, and this book relates what happened next.
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Join the campaign for a Google Doodle to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Wallace's death on the 7th November 2013. Please send an email saying that you would really like to see a Wallace-related Doodle on Google's homepage on the 7th November to firstname.lastname@example.org They did a Doodle for Darwin's 200th birthday, so they may consider one for Wallace if enough people pester them!
Ancestor's Trail and Entangled Bank Events are very kindly helping to raise the remaining £25,000 for the statue of Wallace that the Wallace Memorial Fund has commissioned and which is destined for the Natural History Museum in London where it will be unveiled by Sir David Attenborough on the 100th anniversary of Wallace's death - 7th November 2013.
Below is a table of the events running during Wallace week in Neath, Wales between 15th – 22nd June 2013.
Click on the event and it will take you to a page with more details.
Please support the Ancestor's Trail who are very kindly trying to raise the other half of the money required for the Wallace Fund's bronze statue of Wallace for London's Natural History Museum. Check out the Ancestor's Trail website and their Facebook page. The event they are organising on the August Bank Holiday looks like great fun!
One of the many things I collect is any memorabilia associated with the two 'founding fathers' of modern evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Whilst items bearing Darwin's likeness, such as fridge magnets, key-ring fobs, figurines, old cigarette cards, postage stamps and even sugar packets, are relatively common, it is much, much more difficult to find any 'tat' emblazoned with Wallace phizog.
A very special book is currently being produced to commemorative the Wallace anniversary this year. The Letter from Ternate is being hand printed by Tim Preston on his Victorian Albion printing press at a rate of only about two pages per day. It is a labor of love, and poor Tim has been printing for five weeks so far. Fortunately the end is now in sight. Once printing is finished, the book will be professionally hand-bound and engravings and other illustrations tipped-in. There will be a pocket on the inside back cover with additional pictures and other material.
The Dell, the amazing house Wallace built in Grays in Essex from the profits of his trip to the Malay Archipelago is up for sale! See http://www.thedellessex.co.uk/ Considering it has 9 bedrooms the price of £1,500,000 isn't too bad I guess! However, I don't think I will be snapping it up!