Advanced Search Francis Galton was a Victorian gentleman of means, more a polymath than a disciplined man of science.
Book review Excerpt from Essays on Evolution It will, I think, be realized that, although the separate essays were delivered as addresses or published on various occasions and at very different dates, they are the expres sion of a continuous line of thought, and therefore fall together as naturally as if they had been written at one time, for the purposes of the present volume.
A certain amount of overlap is necessary in essays dealing with closely related subjects. Any inconvenience from this cause and the scattered use of examples, in evitable in an essay, will be removed by consulting the Appendix and the analytical index, to the preparation of which much time and labour have been devoted.
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In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.His doctrine, formerly called Weismannism, stresses the unbroken continuity of the germ plasm and the nonheritability of acquired characteristics.
His works include The Germ-Plasm (, tr.
) and a series of essays translated into English as Essays upon Heredity and Kindred Biological Problems (2d ed., 2 vol., –92). Bibliography. Old Age, Decay, and Death (S ) Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A note by Wallace written "some time between and ," and included on page 23 of August Weismann's book Essays Upon Heredity and Kindred Biological Problems.
Essays upon Heredity and Kindred Biological Problems by August Weismann, Edward B. Poulton, Selmar Schönland, Arthur E.
Shipley Essays upon Heredity and Kindred Biological Problems by August Weismann, Edward B. Poulton, Selmar Schönland, Arthur E. Shipley (pp.
). Götte is quoted here in August Weismann, Essays upon Heredity and Kindred Biological Problems, ed. Edward Poulton, trans. Arthur Shipley et al. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, ), p. Further references will be cited parenthetically in the text. In , when Galton delivered the essay (published here in full for the first time) as a talk at the annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, heredity was being investigated by two kinds of biologists: naturalists and cytologists.
Essays upon Heredity and Kindred Biological Problems. Oxford, UK: Clarendon. Friedrich Leopold August Weismann (Frankfurt am Main, 17 January – Freiburg, 5 November ) was a German evolutionary biologist.
 Ernst Mayr ranked him the second most notable evolutionary theorist of the 19th century, after Charles Darwin.