The Panda s Thumb More Reflections in Natural History

Author: Stephen Jay Gould
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393340839
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"Gould is a natural writer; he has something to say and the inclination and skill with which to say it." —P. B. Medawar, New York Review of Books With sales of well over one million copies in North America alone, the commercial success of Gould's books now matches their critical acclaim. The Panda's Thumb will introduce a new generation of readers to this unique writer, who has taken the art of the scientific essay to new heights. Were dinosaurs really dumber than lizards? Why, after all, are roughly the same number of men and women born into the world? What led the famous Dr. Down to his theory of mongolism, and its racist residue? What do the panda's magical "thumb" and the sea turtle's perilous migration tell us about imperfections that prove the evolutionary rule? The wonders and mysteries of evolutionary biology are elegantly explored in these and other essays by the celebrated natural history writer Stephen Jay Gould.

Eight Little Piggies

Author: Stephen Jay Gould
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393311396
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In the sixth volume of essays from Natural History magazine, a science writer discusses environmental spoliation and the massive extinction of the Earth's species.

The Flamingo s Smile

Author: Stephen Jay Gould
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393303759
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Evolutionary theory in the theme that binds together these essays on such seemingly disparate topics as the feeding habits of flamingos, flowers and snails that change from male to female and sometimes back again, and the extinction from baseball of the .400 hitter