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The Malay Archipelago
Author: Wallace Alfred Russel

ISBN: 9780241261873
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 752
Published: 26 May 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 11.1 x 5.9
'I slept very comfortably with half a dozen smoke-dried human skulls suspended over my head'

Alfred Russel Wallace left to explore the islands of southeast Asia an obscure naturalist; he returned eight years later an acclaimed scientist and co-discoverer of the theory of evolution. This is his vivid, exhilarating and heroic account of his travels across the entire Malay world, from Singapore to the western edges of New Guinea.

With exploratory zeal and lyrical brilliance, he describes battling through jungles, enduring seasickness and fever, meeting head hunters, marvelling at birds of paradise and collecting countless new species, as he made discoveries that changed our view of the world.

About the Author

Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was one of the most important and likeable British scientists of the 19th century. A field researcher of genius, he spent many years in Brazil and southeast Asia, identifying many new species and, independently of Darwin, before developing - in parallel to Darwin - the theory of evolution through natural selection. He effectively created the whole fi...

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