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Huxley: From Devil's Disciple To Evolution's High Priest

Huxley From Devil s Disciple To Evolution s High Priest T H Huxley 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 cav

  • Title: Huxley: From Devil's Disciple To Evolution's High Priest
  • Author: Adrian J. Desmond
  • ISBN: 9780738201405
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 becomeT 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 The drug grinder s apprentice knew sots and scandals and breakdowns that signaled a genius close to madness As surgeon s mate on the cockroach infested frigate Rattlesnake, he descended into hell on the Barrier Reef, but was saved by a golden haired girl in the penal colony.Huxley pulled himself up to fight Darwin s battles in the 1860s, but left Darwin behind on the most inflammatory issues He devasted 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 new 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 the 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.Touching the crowning achievements and the crushing depths of both the man and his times, this is the epic story of a courageous genius whose life summed up the social changes from the Victorian to the modern age Written with enormous zest and passion, Huxley is about the making of our modern Darwinian world.

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    1. Darwin said of Thomas Huxley: “My good and kind agent for the propagation of the Gospels, i.e. the Devil’s gospel.” Huxley was known for lunging (figuratively) at his opponents. He was Darwin’s Rottweiler. No one stirred passions like Thomas Henry Huxley. Adrian Desmond (Darwin’s biographer) has written an absolutely fascinating biography of this man. “Huxley was one of the founders of the skeptical scientific twentieth century. We owe to him that enduring military metaphor, the ‘w [...]

    2. "Huxley: From Devil’s Disciple to Evolution’s Hight Priest" is a lengthy biography of Thomas Henry Huxley by Adrian Desmond. It might be more accurate to say it is a history of his time, 1825-1895, concentrating on the development of science in England, for which which he had to battle against the entrenched and incestuous counter-forces of class, politics, universities and state-sponsored religion.It was Huxley who coined the word "agnostic" to characterize his views. Before that, there was [...]

    3. Thomas H. Huxley, grandfather of Aldous and Julian, was not born into wealth like Darwin and other scientists of his day. He struggled through medical school but was financially unable to continue his studies to become a surgeon. He signed on as assitant surgeon on a ship which was to advance the scope of the British Empire in the fields of biology, charting unmapped areas the Empire wanted to grasp. The sea voyages were most interesting to me. Huxley studied all invertebrates he could discover [...]

    4. It would be very difficult to exaggerate the importance of this biography. As an example of a particular approach to the history of science, that is, the social origins of scientific ideas, the work is emminently successful. As an example of cultural history, specifically the intellectual and cultural history of Victorian England, the book is extraordinarily illuminating. As social history, an account of the formation and rise to influence and power in many domains of "scientists," the book has [...]

    5. Blimey what a book - 625 odd pages about the life (in context) of someone I had no idea existed. (Actually I found out in the book that he was Aldous Huxley's grandfather).In a nutshell, TH Huxley was Darwin's bulldog and did more for the place of science in everyday life than anyone else before. The book starts well with the biography and the making of this popular scientist/agnostic (he coined the word) from the 19th century. The voyage to Australia is fascinating - the return to England and t [...]

    6. An incredibly gripping story of a fascinating man whose reputation hides behind that of his contemporary, Charles Darwin. The man who coined the term "agnostic," the story of the love of his life, and the revolutionary philosophical changes he brought to the world by means of his study of anatomy are absolutely worthy of the interested mind. A bit long in the end, but you will love the man behind the theories.

    7. A fascinating biography that chronicles the era of Darwin's theoretical emergence and Huxley's role in the theory's promotion. The beginning shows the adventurous nature of the scientific ocean voyages and ends with the socio-political consequences of all this scientific work.

    8. Years ago, I thought reading the two-volume biography of Darwin by Janet Browne was riveting. Huxley by Adrian Desmond was more so.

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