Richness of Life The Essential Stephen Jay Gould

ISBN-10: 0393064980

ISBN-13: 9780393064988

Edition: 2007

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The most entertaining and enlightening writings by the beloved paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and celebrant of the wonder of life. ""Nature is so wondrously complex and varied that almost anything possible does happen....I rejoice in [its] multifariousness and leave the chimera of certainty to politicians and preachers.""--from "Ever Since Darwin" Upon his death in 2002, Stephen Jay Gould stood at the pinnacle among observers of the natural world, recognized by Congress as a "living legend." His prodigious legacy--sixteen best-selling and prize-winning books, dozens of scientific papers, an unbroken series of three hundred essays in "Natural History"--combined to make Gould the most widely read science writer of our time. This indispensable collection of forty-eight pieces from his brilliant oeuvre includes selections from classics such as "Ever Since Darwin" and "The Mismeasure of Man," plus articles and speeches never before published in book form. This volume, the last that will bear his name, spotlights his elegance, depth, and sheer pleasure in our world--a true celebration of an extraordinary mind. 20 illustrations.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/17/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 672
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.398
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.

Desree Scott, is born and raised in Indiana, Indianapolis. She enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family.

Oliver Wolf Sacks is a neurologist and writer. He was born in London, England on July 9, 1933. Sacks earned his medical degree at Oxford University and performed his internship at Middlesex Hospital in London and Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco. He completed his residency at UCLA. In 1965, Sacks became a clinical neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor and Beth Abraham Hospital. He also worked with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Sacks' work in a Bronx charity hospital led him to write the book Awakenings in 1973. The book inspired a play by Harold Pinter and became a film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. Sacks was also elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He also wrote Mind's Eye which made The NewYork Times Bestseller list for 2010.

List of Figures
Foreword
Introduction
Autobiography
I Have Landed
The Median Isn't the Message
The Streak of Streaks
Seventh Inning Stretch: Baseball, Father, and Me
Trouble in Our Own House: A Brief Legal Survey from Scopes to Scalia
Of Two Minds and One Nature
Biographies
Thomas Burnet's Battleground of Time
The Lying Stones of Marrakech
The Stinkstones of Oeningen
The Razumovsky Duet
The Power of Narrative
Not Necessarily a Wing
Worm for a Century, and All Seasons
The Darwinian Gentleman at Marx's Funeral: Resolving Evolution's Oddest Coupling
The Piltdown Conspiracy
Evolutionary Theory
The Evolution of Life on Earth
Challenges to Neo-Darwinism and Their Meaning for a Revised View of Human Consciousness
The Structure of Evolutionary Theory: Revising the Three Central Features of Darwinian Logic
The Episodic Nature of Evolutionary Change
Betting on Chance-and No Fair Peeking
The Power of the Modal Bacter, or Why the Tail Can't Wag the Dog
The Great Dying
The Validation of Continental Drift
Phyletic Size Decrease in Hershey Bars
Size, Form, and Shape
Opus 100
Size and Shape
How the Zebra Gets Its Stripes
Size and Scaling in Human Evolution
Stages and Sequences
The Ladder and the Cone: Iconographies of Progress
Up Against a Wall
Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology
Pervasive Influence
The Spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian Paradigm: A Critique of the Adaptationist Program
More Things in Heaven and Earth
Posture Maketh the Man
Freud's Evolutionary Fantasy
Racism, Scientific and Otherwise
Measuring Heads: Paul Broca and the Heyday of Craniology
The Most Unkindest Cut of All
A Tale of Two Work Sites
Carrie Buck's Daughter
Just in the Middle
Religion
Non-overlapping Magisteria
The Diet of Worms and the Defenestration of Prague
Darwin and the Munchkins of Kansas
Hooking Leviathan by Its Past
Sources and Acknowledgments
Index
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