Julian Huxley

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1993-03-01
  • Publisher: Rice Univ Pr
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Julian Huxley (1887-1975) was a man of many talents and enormous energy. At the beginning of his career, he founded the Biology Department at Rice Institute, where he taught for three years before going on to achieve eminence as a biologist, statesman, and intellectual. While this volume concentrates on Huxleyrs"s contributions to field and laboratory biology, it also provides the first in-depth examination of his efforts to popularize science and to advance the human species through eugenics. The first part of the book places Huxley in a broad intellectual context and offers an overview of his contributions to biology as they related to major developments in twentieth-century evolutionary theory. Huxleyrs"s biological work is investigated in more depth in the second part, while the third examines him as a public scientist and takes a new look at his efforts to bring biology and its potential benefits to the community at large. It is hoped that the book will spur further research into Huxleyrs"s religious and social views and his public role in science.

Table of Contents

Conference Participants
Introduction: Revising Our Picture of Julian Huxleyp. 1
Huxley and His Times
From a Victorian to a Modern: Julian Huxley and the English Intellectual Climatep. 31
Particulars in Huxley's Intellectual Climatep. 45
The English Style of Huxley's Thoughtp. 49
Huxley's Place in Twentieth-Century Biologyp. 53
Huxley the Biologist
Julian Huxley in the Laboratory: Embracing Inquisitiveness and Widespread Curiosityp. 79
Huxley's Interest in Developmental Biologyp. 104
The Elements of Experimental Embryology: a Synthesis for Animal Developmentp. 107
Huxley and the Rise of Ethologyp. 127
The Tension at the Heart of Huxley's Evolutionary Ethologyp. 150
Comments and Recollectionsp. 161
Progress in Evolution and Meaning in Lifep. 165
Julian Huxley and the Evolutionary Synthesisp. 181
Huxley the Statesman of Science
Julian Huxley and the Eugenical View of Human Evolutionp. 193
The Value of Diversity in Huxley's Eugenicsp. 223
The Dynamics of Huxley's Views on Race and Eugenicsp. 230
Huxley and the Popularization of Sciencep. 238
The Ambiguity of Popularizationp. 252
The British Context of Huxley's Popularizationp. 257
Appendix: The Julian Sorell Huxley Papers, Rice University Libraryp. 265
Notesp. 275
Sourcesp. 313
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