An excellent portrait of two great thinkers: T. H. Huxley and Charles Darwin. The book looks at these two men in the "social and intellectual context of their time."
Irvine "brings to life the era in which the bases of western thought were shaken violently by a new and audacious theoury, the theory of evolution."
I found the book illuminating and quite interesting throughout. Irvine is obviously an excellent writer.
In this incisive and illuminating story, William Irvine presents more than a brilliant portrait of two great men. He brings to life the era in which the bases of western thought were shaken violently by a new and audacious theory, the theory of evolution. His study of Darwin, the introverted genius who sprang the Origin of Species on a complacent world, and Huxley, who became the public defender of Darwin and his theory against an outraged and outrageous public, tells the story of an idea, which more than any other, marks the change from the 19th to the 20th century.