Bully for Brontosaurus Reflections in Natural History

ISBN-10: 039330857X
ISBN-13: 9780393308570
Edition: 1992
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/17/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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.

Prologue
George Canning's Left Buttock and the Origin of Species
Grimm's Greatest Tale
The Creation Myths of Cooperstown
The Panda's Thumb of Technology
Bully for Brontosaurus
The Dinosaur Rip-Off
Of Kiwi Eggs and the Liberty Bell
Male Nipples and Clitoral Ripples
Not Necessarily a Wing
The Case of the Creeping Fox Terrier Clone
Life's Little Joke
The Chain of Reason Versus the Chain of Thumbs
Madame Jeanette
Red Wings in the Sunset
Petrus Camper's Angle
Literary Bias on the Slippery Slope
Glow, Big Glowworm
To Be a Platypus
Bligh's Bounty
Here Goes Nothing
In a Jumbled Drawer
Kropotkin Was No Crackpot
Fleeming Jenkin Revisited
The Passion of Antoine Lavoisier
The Godfather of Disaster
Knight Takes Bishop?
Genesis and Geology
William Jennings Bryan's Last Campaign
An Essay on a Pig Roast
Justice Scalia's Misunderstanding
The Streak of Streaks
The Median Isn'T the Message
The Ant and the Plant
The Face of Miranda
The Horn of Triton
Bibliography
Index

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