Erasmus Darwin

    Erasmus Darwin

    Sex, Science and Serendipity

    Patricia Fara

    Oxford University Press 2012

    Hardback 336pp Illustrated

    9780199582662   Product Code: 11210

    More than half a century before his famous grandson, Erasmus Darwin was both renowned and viciously satirized for promulgating controversial scientific theories - albeit in long and sexually suggestive poems. Patricia Fara investigates why his ideas provoked such a vitriolic reaction and how he prefigured Victorian debates about faith and science. She also celebrates his championing of causes such as the abolition of slavery and the education of women.

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