The Prince of Evolution: Peter Kropotkin's Adventures in Science and Politics by Assistant Professor of Biology Lee Alan Dugatkin (Paperback / softback, 2011)
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- DescriptionIn The Prince of Evolution, Lee Alan Dugatkin introduces the reader to Russian Prince Peter Kropotkin -- one of the world's first international celebrities. In England Kropotkin was kwn as a brilliant scientist, famous for his work on animal and human cooperation, but Kropotkin's fame in continental Europe centered more on his role as a founder of anarchism. In the United States, he pursued both passions. Tens of thousands of people followed Prince Peter during two speaking tours that took him around America. Kropotkin's path to fame was labyrinthine, with asides in prisons, breathtaking 50,000-mile journeys through Siberia, and banishment from most respectable Western countries of the day. In Russia, he went from being Czar Alexander II's favored teenage page, to a young man enamored with the theory of evolution, to a convicted felon and jail-breaker, eventually being chased halfway around the world by the Russian secret police. While in jail, and while on the run when he was enlightening and entertaining huge crowds, Kropotkin found the energy to write books on a dazzling array of topics: evolution and cooperation, ethics, anarchism, socialism and communism, penal systems, and the coming industrial revolution in the East to name a few. Though seemingly disparate topics, a common thread--Kropotkin's scientific law of mutual aid, which guided the evolution of all life on earth--tied these works together. Kropotkin was t only the first person to clearly demonstrate that cooperation was important among animals, he was the first to forcefully argue that understanding cooperation in animals would shed light on human cooperation, and, indeed might permit science to help save our species from destroying itself. His overarching goal was to understand cooperation in nature, so that he could promote cooperation in humans. Just like in the animals he watched for five years in Siberia, Kropotkin saw human cooperation as ultimately being driven t by government, but by groups of individuals spontaneously uniting to do good, even when they have to pay a cost to help. In The Prince of Evolution, Lee Alan Dugatkin will make the reader stop and take pause to consider what this one remarkable man did to try and make the world a more cooperative place.
- Author BiographyDr. Lee Alan Dugatkin is an evolutionary biologist and historian of science and a professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisville. He is the author of many books including Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose: Natural History in Early America (The University of Chicago Press, 2009), The Altruism Equation (Princeton University Press), and Cheating Monkeys and Citizen Bees (Free Press, 1999). His books have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, German and Spanish. Dr. Dugatkin is an a contributor to Scientific American and The New Scientist and has presented public talks on his books and research at PopTech!, The Idea Festival, The American Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian Institute and many other venues. His work has garnered full-length articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and dozens of other newspapers, magazines and journals across the world. Dr. Dugatkin has also spoken about his books and research at over seventy-five major universities including Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Oxford University, The University of Copenhagen, Cornell, The University of Chicago, The London School of Economics, and Cambridge University.
- Author(s)Assistant Professor of Biology Lee Alan Dugatkin
- Date of Publication18/08/2011
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectPopular Science
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight150 g
- Width133 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine7 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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