Reef Madness
Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz, and the Meaning of Coral
by David Dobbs
 
In Reef Madness, David Dobbs looks at the nature of scientific theory. He shows how Charles Darwin was crucially influenced by his encounters with Louis and Alexander Agassiz, father and son, and how the coral problem prefigured the fierce battle about evolution.

Th is the story of a century-long controversy about the origin of coral reefs, a debate that dominated and split the 19th century world of science, ultimately shedding light on the way the planet was formed.


Reef Madness 
Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz, and the Meaning of Coral
by David Dobbs
Pantheon, 2005.
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