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John Hedley Brooke, 23 May 1985

Just Before the Origin: Alfred Russel Wallace’s Theory of Evolution 
by John Langdon Brooks.
Columbia, 284 pp., $39, January 1984, 0 231 05676 1
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China and Charles Darwin 
by James ReevePusey.
Harvard, 544 pp., £21.25, February 1984, 0 674 11735 2
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... the optical discovery ought to be the property of Cambridge, the director of whose observatory, James Challis, however, trailed his feet rather than trained his eyes. Because Le Verrier had published and because the sighting was first made in Berlin, there were inevitable complications over any claim for Adams’s priority. Neptune, in John Herschel’s ...

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