Flamingo's Smile Reflections in Natural History

ISBN-10: 0393303756

ISBN-13: 9780393303759

Edition: 1987 (Reprint)

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/17/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.320
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
The Flamingo's Smile
Only His Wings Remained
Sex and Size
Living with Connections
A Most Ingenious Paradox
Adam's Navel
The Freezing of Noah
False Premise, Good Science
For Want of a Metaphor
Of Wasps and Wasps
Opus 100
Human Equality is a Contingent Fact of History
The Rule of Five
Losing the Edge
Death and Transfiguration
Reducing Riddles
To Show an Ape
Bound by the Great Chain
The Hottentot Venus
Carrie Buck's Daughter
Singapore's Patrimony (And Matrimony)
Hannah West's Left Shoulder and the Origin of Natural Selection
Darwin at Sea-and the Virtues of Port
A Short Way to Corn
Just in the Middle
Mind and Supermind
Seti and the Wisdom of Casey Stengel
Sex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of Dinosaurs
Continuity
The Cosmic Dance of Siva
Bibliography
Index
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