By William Kirby
This widely illustrated two-volume treatise, released in 1835, is one in every of a sequence commissioned by way of the Royal Society with money bequeathed by way of the Earl of Bridgewater. William Kirby (1759-1850), Cambridge graduate, state parson and revered entomologist, right here combines the learn of the be aware of God with that of his works, aiming to disprove Lamarck's speculation that each one the works of production could be attributed to moment reasons, instead of a primary reason, i.e. God. Kirby has the same opinion with philosophers' objections to superstitious and bigoted adherence to the letter of scripture, yet questions their loss of awareness to its spirit. He explores the construction of animals in a religious context, and is going directly to think of the services and instincts of the most important animal teams. quantity 2 contains chapters on bugs, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. This e-book contributed to the highbrow debates that shaped the history to Darwin's paintings on evolution.