In this book, Nick Hopwood masterfully reconstructs a set of three related controversies regarding Ernst Haeckel’s infamous diagrams comparing the embryos of different species. These iconic images depicting similar developmental trajectories for vertebrates ranging from fish to chickens to human beings became widely reproduced textbook illustrations of the embryological evidence for evolution even while embryologists were calling their veracity into question. How images could at once be fraudulent and icons of evolution and development lies at the heart of Hopwood’s history. The book is, in Hopwood’s words, a ‘comprehensive study of a scientific image’ (p. 4). The lavish illustrations that adorn almost every page certainly speak to Hopwood’s careful analysis of the visual, but the disputes surrounding these images address important issues regarding how scientific controversies and allegation of scientific fraud are sustained and contained over decades of scientific and social change....

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