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Leonardo's Mountain of the Clams and the Diet of Worms Essays on Natural History

ISBN-10: 0674061632

ISBN-13: 9780674061637

Edition: 1998

Authors: Stephen Jay Gould

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List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 422
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
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.

Introduction
Pieces of Eight: Confession of a Humanistic Naturalist
Art and Science
The Upwardly Mobile Fossils of Leonardo's Living Earth
The Great Western and the Fighting Temeraire
Seeing Eye to Eye, Through a Glass Clearly
Biographics in Evolution
The Clam Stripped Bare by Her Naturalists, Even
Darwin's American Soulmate: A Bird's-Eye View
A Seahorse for All Races
Mr. Sophia's Pony
Human Prehistory
Up Against a Wall
A Lesson from the Old Masters
Our Unusual Unity
Of History and Toleration
A Cerion for Christopher
The Dodo in the Caucus Race
The Diet of Worms and the Defenestration of Prague
Evolutionary Facts and Theories
Non-Overlapping Magisteria
Boyle's Law and Darwin's Details
The Tallest Tale
Brotherhood by Inversion (or, As the Worm Turns)
Different Perceptions of Comman Truths
War of the Worldviews
Triumph of the Root-Heads
Can We Truly Know Sloth and Rapacity?
Reversing Established Orders
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index