Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1994 - 479 pagine
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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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 very human science writer: Gould was an expert in writing about science in a way that ordinary, not-particularly-scientific readers could comprehend, at least in a general way. But more than that ... Leggi recensione completa

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A Reflective Prologue
11
THE SCALE OF EXTINCTION
21
Unenchanted Evening
23
A The Golden Rule A Proper Scale for Our Environmental Crisis
41
Losing a Limpet
52
ODD BITS IF VERTEBRATE ANATOMY
61
Eight Little Piggies
63
Bent Out of Shape
79
Counters and Cable Cars
238
HUMAN NATURE
247
Mozart and Modularity
249
The Moral State of Tahitiand of Darwin
262
Ten Thousand Acts of Kindness
275
The Declining Empire of Apes
284
GRAND PATTERNS OF EVOLUTION
297
Two Steps towards a General Theory of Lifes Complexity
299

An Earful of Jaw
95
Full of Hot Air
109
VOX POPULI
121
Evolving Visions
123
Men of the ThirtyThird Division An Essay on Integrity
124
Darwin and Paley Meet the Invisible Hand
138
More Light on Leaves
153
Time in Newtons Century
167
On Rereading Edmund Halley
168
Fall in the House of Ussher
181
MUSINGS
195
Clouds of Memory
197
Muller Bros Moving Storage
198
Shoemaker and Morning Star
206
Authenticity
219
In Touch with Walcott
220
The Wheel of Fortune and the Wedge of Progress
300
Tires to Sandals
313
New Discoveries in the Earliest History of Multicellular Life
325
Defending the Heretical and the Superfluous
326
The Reversal of Hallucigenia
342
REVISING AND EXTENDING DARWIN
353
What the Immaculate Pigeon Teaches the Burdened Mind
355
The Great Seal Principle
371
A Dogs Life in Galtons Polyhedron
382
Betting on Chance and No Fair Peeking
396
REVERSALS FRAGMENTS OF A BOOK NOT WRITTEN
407
Shields of Expectation and Actuality
409
A Tale of Three Pictures
427
A Foot Soldier for Evolution
439
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Born in New York City in 1941, Stephen Jay Gould received his B.A. from Antioch College in New York in 1963 and a Ph.D. in paleontology from Columbia University in 1967. Gould spent most of his career as a professor at Harvard University and curator of invertebrate paleontology at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology. His research was mainly in the evolution and speciation of land snails. Gould was a leading proponent of the theory of punctuated equilibrium. This theory holds that few evolutionary changes occur among organisms over long periods of time, and then a brief period of rapid changes occurs before another long, stable period of equilibrium sets in. Gould also made significant contributions to the field of evolutionary developmental biology, most notably in his work, Ontogeny and Phylogeny. An outspoken advocate of the scientific outlook, Gould had been a vigorous defender of evolution against its creation-science opponents in popular magazines focusing on science. He wrote a column for Natural History and has produced a remarkable series of books that display the excitement of science for the layperson. Among his many awards and honors, Gould won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His titles include; Ever Since Darwin, The Panda's Thumb, Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes, Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History, The Structure of Evolutionary Theory and Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin. Stephen Jay Gould died on May 20, 2002, following his second bout with cancer.

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