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Question: In an essay of not more than 1200 words, discuss how Wallace defined the boundaries of ‘science’ and consider whether his definition affected his reputation as a scientist.

Answer: Throughout his scientific career Wallace was never bound by social obligation or by class restrictions. From an early age his upbringing and life experiences were very different to those of other scientists including his early colleague in similar fields, Charles Darwin. Whilst upbringing and social responsibilities left Darwin with everything to lose in the scientific community, Wallace on the other hand had everything to gain from achieving notoriety, regardless of whether he was considered to be a radical or not. These circumstances allowed Wallace to push back the boundaries of science by investigating areas deemed to be outside of traditional scientific study, and those areas considered taboo....(short extract)

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  • Subject: Theory of Knowledge
  • Course: Theory of Knowledge
  • Level: International Baccalaureate
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: 66%
  • Words: 1055
  • Date submitted: August 31, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2045

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