I’d heard the legend, of course. Every Darwin groupie has. The missing photograph of the two independent discoverers of evolution by means of Natural Selection, Darwin and Wallace, standing side-by-side. Together. In the same frame.
The incorrigible sceptic in me had always dismissed the tale as a myth. Wishful thinking. It never happened. But wouldn’t it be fantastic if it had?
And then, last week, browsing the History of Science section in one of my favourite second-hand bookshops, I chanced upon a collection of Thomas Henry Huxley’s essays, Darwiniana. I picked it up to examine it, and this fell out:
There’s a Pulitzer in this for me, mark my words.