Talk:Joseph Dalton Hooker

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Add external link[edit]

Please add a link to <http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk>, which is editing and publishing all of the correspondence of Charles Darwin. Hooker was a significant correspondent of Darwin. Eadp 14:14, 20 April 2006 (UTC)

Added link to the project website. A substantial link indeed. (Gowron)


Oxford debate[edit]

"According to some contemporary accounts, notably Hooker's own" - and also according to the quasi-official account: Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal, New Series, 12: 275-277, of which Hooker's defense makes up about half. Dysmorodrepanis (talk) 11:31, 12 July 2009 (UTC)

We've been round this many times in different articles, especially in Thomas Henry Huxley. A consideration of all sources does tend to support the traditional account, though it is correct that Hooker made his claim as the article says (Lucas leaves out one critical account, and has been challenged by Jensen). I will put in more sources rather than make too much of it here. Macdonald-ross (talk) 09:35, 13 July 2009 (UTC)

Ascension Island[edit]

This addition recounting the part Hooker (and Darwin) played in changing the ecology of Ascension Island may be of interest, but not sure if it's rather too detailed for this article. . . dave souza, talk 18:45, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

Seal of secrecy[edit]

Exciting stuff, rather like Thurber's "All Right, Have It Your Way—You Heard a Seal Bark", but 1902 scholarship about the war between science and religion is rather outdated. As van Wyhe notes, Darwin told many people about his theorising. "The only one of these people who was asked to keep it to himself, as far as we know, was Gray in America. We know that Darwin told a number of people whom he hardly knew. He had been corresponding with the botanist J. D. Hooker for only two months when the latter was told about the theory." . . dave souza, talk 21:08, 19 November 2012 (UTC)