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

Download Leonardos Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms: Essays on Natural History PDF by Stephen Jay Gould eBook or Kindle ePUB Online free. Leonardos Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms: Essays on Natural History Five Stars according to W. Beavers. Excellent. As usual, a nice collection of essays by Gould I have greatly admired Stephen J. Goulds essays over the years because I generally find them clear and humane. I tend to agree with most of his evolutionary views, although I think that he pushes too much the roles of contingency and natural selection in the history of life. Certainly, there are other biological mechanisms acting on evolutionary change, some of which have been brilliantly discussed b

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

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Rating : 4.26 (796 Votes)
Asin : 0609601415
Format Type : paperback
Number of Pages : 416 Pages
Publish Date : 2014-12-05
Language : English

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--Lauran Cole Warner. One of this century's most thoughtful and prolific naturalists, Harvard professor Stephen Jay Gould looks at the human twists on science in his eighth series of essays taken from Natural History magazine. Those who are already Gould fans will find more tantalizing tidbits--no, thick stew--from this fruitful author. With a little patience, his extravagant prose will edify rather than trip you, and his digressions will delight rather than distract. It's not an easy read. Those first-timers drawn by an intriguing title will scratch, frown, fall asleep, swear, and generally want to give up. This book is less about clams, worms, and Leonardo than about some evolutionary dead ends in human intellectual history. But don't! Gould is one of those authors that t

Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms is the newest collection of best-selling scientist Stephen Jay Gould's popular essays from Natural History magazine (the longest-running series of scientific essays in history). It is also the first of the final three such collections, since Dr. Gould has announced that the series will end with the turn of the millennium.        In this collection, Gould consciously and unconventionally formulates a humanistic natural history, a consideration of how humans have learned to study and understand nature, rather than a history of nature itself. In affecting short biographies, he depicts how scholars grapple with problems of science and philosophy as he illuminates the interaction of the outer world with the unique human ability to struggle to understand the whys and wherefores of existence.. With his customary brilliance, Gould examines the puzzles and paradoxes great and small that build nature's and humanity's diversity and order

"Five Stars" according to W. Beavers. Excellent. As usual, a nice collection of essays by Gould I have greatly admired Stephen J. Gould's essays over the years because I generally find them clear and humane. I tend to agree with most of his evolutionary views, although I think that he pushes too much the roles of contingency and natural selection in the history of life. Certainly, there are other biological mechanisms acting on evolutionary change, some of which have been brilliantly discussed by Stuart Kauffman in his book "At Home in the Universe." In any case, in "Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet. Lynn Harnett said Essays illuminate intellectual effort, however misguided. Gould's eighth collection of essays from his long-running feature in "Natural History" magazine explores the human history of scientific discovery; the use of observation to bolster preconceived notions and theories, and mistaken, sometimes humorous interpretations of fact.Gould organizes the book in six broad categories: "Art and Science," "Biographies In Evolution," "Human Prehistory," "Of History and Toleration," "Evolutionary Facts and Theories," and "Different Perceptions of Common Truths."With his customary

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