Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History

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W. W. Norton & Company, 29 nov 2010 - 480 pagine

"There is no scientist today whose books I look forward to reading with greater anticipation of enjoyment and enlightenment than Stephen Jay Gould."—Martin Gardner

Among scientists who write, no one illuminates as well as Stephen Jay Gould doesthe wonderful workings of the natural world. Now in a new volume of collected essays—his sixth since Ever Since Darwin—Gould speaks of the importance of unbroken connections within our own lives and to our ancestralgenerations. Along with way, he opens to us the mysteries of fish tails, frog calls, and other matters, and shows once and for all why we must take notice when a seemingly insignificant creature is threatened, like the land snail Partula from Moorea, whose extinction he movingly relates.
 

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More of Gould's essays from Natural History, mostly (loosely) focused on evolution. Enjoyable as usual, but also some getting a bit dated now. Leggi recensione completa

EIGHT LITTLE PIGGIES: Reflections in Natural History

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Who could resist a title like that—and, knowing the author, who wouldn't surmise that Gould (Bully for Brontosaurus, 1991, etc.) is again up to his old trick of demonstrating that five fingers and ... Leggi recensione completa

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A Reflective Prologue
Unenchanted Evening
A Proper Scale for Our Environmental Crisis
Losing a Limpet
Eight Little Piggies
Bent Out of Shape
An Earful of
Full of Hot
An Essay on Integrity
Darwin and Paley Meet the Invisible Hand
More Light on Leaves
On Rereading Edmund Halley
Fall in the House of Ussher
Copyright

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Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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