'... cogently argued account ... Paul White has created a sensitive and multifaceted portrait of Huxley ... A particular strength ... is the treatment of Huxley's relationships with Owen and Charles Darwin. ... One of the most consistently developed aspects of White's portrait is the depiction of Huxley as a defender of high culture ... beautifully written and persuasive account ...' British Journal of the History of Science
This book examines the identity of the "man of science" in the Victorian period as it was shaped by Thomas Huxley, a leading naturalist and notorious popularizer of Darwinian theory. It shows that the scientific practitioner continued to be regarded as a moral and religious figure during the period, even by someone long taken to be the epitome of the secular, professional scientist. Breaking with traditional biographies, this book treats Huxley as exemplary of the British "man of science" and reflects on the historical significance of scientific authority.