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Ever since Darwin Reflections on Natural History

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ISBN-10: 0393308189

ISBN-13: 9780393308181

Edition: 1979

Authors: Stephen Jay Gould

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"A remarkable achievement by any measure. [Gould] is a writer of great natural wit, and his sophistication and learning range far beyondbiology."Chicago Tribune Ever Since Darwin, Stephen Jay Gould's first book, has sold more than a quarter of a million copies. Like all of Gould's succeeding collections, it brings the art of the scientific essay to unparalleled heights. Its genius? Gould's ability to use his knowledge of the world, including popular culture, to illuminate science. 15 illustrations.
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 1979
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/17/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
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
Darwin's Delay
Darwin's Sea Change, or Five Years at the Captain's Table
Darwin's Dilemma: The Odyssey of Evolution
Darwin's Untimely Burial
A Matter of Degree
Bushes and Ladders in Human Evolution
The Child as Man's Real Father
Human Babies as Embryos
The Misnamed, Mistreated, and Misunderstood Irish Elk
Organic Wisdom, or Why Should a Fly Eat Its Mother from Inside
Of Bamboos, Cicadas, and the Economy of Adam Smith
The Problem of Perfection, or How Can a Clam Mount a Fish on Its Rear End?
The Pentagon of Life
An Unsung Single-Celled Hero
Is the Cambrian Explosion a Sigmoid Fraud?
The Great Dying
The Reverend Thomas' Dirty Little Planet
Uniformity and Catastrophe
Velikovsky in Collision
The Validation of Continental Drift
Size and Shape
Sizing Up Human Intelligence
History of the Vertebrate Brain
Planetary Sizes and Surfaces
On Heroes and Fools in Science
Posture Maketh the Man
Racism and Recapitulation
The Criminal as Nature's Mistake, or the Ape in Some of Us
Why We Should Not Name Human Races- a Biological View
The Nonscience of Human Nature
Racist Arguments and Iq
Biological Potentiality Vs. Biological Determinism
So Cleverly Kind an Animal
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index