The controversy over Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution versus what is now called the theory of “intelligent design” continues to play out in contemporary society. The debate echoed another nineteenth century conflict over the origin and geology of coral reefs. How these arguments dominated and split the nineteenth century scientific world is the subject of a new book, “Reef Madness: Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz and the Meaning of Coral,” written by Montpelier author David Dobbs.
“Reef Madness: Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz and the Meaning of Coral” is published by Pantheon Books. Dobbs will be appearing at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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