The 1997 Wilkins Lecture: Erasmus Darwin, the Lunaticks and evolution

  title={The 1997 Wilkins Lecture: Erasmus Darwin, the Lunaticks and evolution},
  author={D. G. King-hele},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  pages={153 - 180}
  • D. King-hele
  • Published 22 January 1998
  • Education
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
Long ago, I suggested that Erasmus Darwin ‘achieved more in a wider range of intellectual disciplines than anyone since’. This remark has not yet been contradicted; and that is perhaps enough to justify the choice of Erasmus Darwin as the subject of the Wilkins Lecture for 1997. I shall run quickly through his varied talents, comment on his personality and then outline his life and achievements. As an addition to the life story, I shall include glances at those of his many friends who together… 
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