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Biology in The Time Machine.

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Jonathan Katz

April 10, 2003

Biology in The Time Machine

H.G Wells' 1895 novel The Time Machine, serves as a striking look into the hotly debated scientific issues of his contemporary time period. Even the most obvious clue into the novel's events- the book's title-and our main character's medium for which he is ultimately able to experience a completely foreign world, reflects the period of the Second Industrial Revolution in which the book was written. In a time in which previously unthinkable advances in technology were soon becoming a reality, it is fitting that Wells chose a technology so unattainable and alluring for humans as his medium through which he could articulate his wide-ranging views on science. Among the many scientific regions to which the novel alludes, no area is as powerful as the biological questions raised, for it does seem that this is the discipline that covers what Wells is really trying to tell us: his views on humanity. While Wells shows deep faith in Darwin's biology and ideas of evolution, he contrasts this with a strong disbelief in Social Darwinism, and the assumption that evolution necessarily means progress.

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