Books: Barnacles for All

APES, ANGELS & VICTORIANS (399 pp.)—William Irvine—McGraw-Hill ($5).

Dr. Robert Darwin had a sharp eye. When his son Charles came home on H.M.S. Beagle in 1836, after a five-year voyage of scientific exploration, the old man took one look at him and exclaimed: "Why, the shape of his head is quite altered!" But within 30 years a greater change had taken place: standing at the helm of one of history's great intellectual revolutions, Charles Darwin had altered the shape of contemporary thought.

It is difficult to recapture the feeling of "intellectual holocaust" into...

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