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Darwin and the Victrian era The Victorian Age was a time when many views on human existence and destiny were formed and discussed Strictly speaking the Victorian era denotes the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837-1901 When this era came to an end the ongoing concepts and controversies did not vanish The old and the new are always confusingly interlocked in culture The twentieth century inherited some of the ideas of the nineteenth century Some of these new ideas culminated elaborate philosophical theories that contributed to many disasters Nazism and Communism are some of the examples of this inherited misfortune Unfortunately Darwin in-directly contributed to many of the twentieth centurys misfortunes Indeed Darwins theories had a great impact upon the Victorian era and upon the future generations Darwinism had great effects on nineteenth century thought because it was yet another wonderful new synthesis It was connected by dimly perceived links with the other revelations of physical nature Organic chemistry and even more bacteriology were already forging some links between the mathematical physical and biological sciences It was suggested that life is a process of chemical change Charles Darwin brought together these and other ideas to propound a new theory of life itself Darwinism was the supreme achievement of contemporary trends towards synthesis and the publication of On the Origin of Species made the year 1859 a turning point in modern science and philosophy Darwins theories were characteristically rooted in the material and techno-logical progress of the time The geological know1edge from which Darwin began had been greatly enhanced by the collection of fossils worldwide biological knowledge of the selective breeding of plants and animals came from the experimental laboratory farmers and amateur breeders Conceptions of evolution and even the role of evolution in differentiating species had been much discussed during the previous half-century as a result of the work of Lamarck Geoffrey Saint-Hilaire in France had defended the idea of the unity
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