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Making German Evolution: Translation and Tragedy

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Science  27 Feb 2009:
Vol. 323, Issue 5918, pp. 1170-1171
DOI: 10.1126/science.1169621

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The Tragic Sense of Life. Ernst Haeckel and the Struggle over Evolutionary Thought. By Robert J. Richards. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2008. 579 pp. $39, £27. ISBN 9780226712147.

H. G. Bronn, Ernst Haeckel, and the Origins of German Darwinism. A Study in Translation and Transformation. By Sander Gliboff. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2008. 271 pp. $35, £22.95. ISBN 9780262072939.

Richards and Gliboff offer contrasting perspectives on Ernst Haeckel and evolutionary thought in 19th-century Germany.