Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature was written in 1863 by Thomas Henry Huxley. In this work, Huxley presents evidence for the evolution of man and ape from a common ancestor. Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature was the first book in history devoted to the topic of human evolution, and it discussed this theory in light of anatomical and other evidence. Backed by this evidence, the book popularized the theory of evolution amongst a wider readership than ever before, making it known to the layperson that evolution applied as fully to man as to all other life. Huxley was a prominent member of the scientific community and an early advocate of evolutionism. He was a well-respected man, highly visible to the public, and a key figure in the establishment of scientific professionalism. His work and public debates served to explore the idea of evolution and to usher in widespread acceptance, forming the foundation of our current understanding of biology and the place of man in the cosmos.
Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature addresses the implications of the theory of evolution for the origin of humanity, and the relation of humans to other animals. It brought Darwin's theory home, forcing the scientific community to face the subject of human evolution head-on.
The narration of the full text of Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature is preceded by a summary which includes a biography of the author, as well as an overview and synopsis of the work. Also included are an analysis and an investigation of the historical context, criticisms, and social impact evoked by the work.
Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature is a key piece of historical scientific literature, marking a turning point of the Western paradigm. It is a fascinating listen for students of history and science alike.