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H.G. Bronn, Ernst Haeckel, and the Origins of German Darwinism
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H.G. Bronn, Ernst Haeckel, and the Origins of German Darwinism: A Study in Translation and Transformation

Sander Gliboff


The German translation of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species appeared in 1860, just months after the original, thanks to Heinrich Georg Bronn, a distinguished German paleontologist whose work in some ways paralleled Darwin’s. Bronn’s version of the book (with his own notes and commentary appended) did much to determine how Darwin’s theory was understood and applied by German biologists, for the translation process involved more than the mere substitution of German words for English. This book tells the story of how On the Origin of Species came to be translated into German, how it serve ... More

Keywords: Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species, Heinrich Georg Bronn, paleontology, biology, morphology, systematics, Darwinism, Ernst Haeckel, Naturphilosophie

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262072939
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262072939.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sander Gliboff, author