Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 29, 2010 - Nature
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"There is no scientist today whose books I look forward to reading with greater anticipation of enjoyment and enlightenment than Stephen Jay Gould."—Martin Gardner

Among scientists who write, no one illuminates as well as Stephen Jay Gould doesthe wonderful workings of the natural world. Now in a new volume of collected essays—his sixth since Ever Since Darwin—Gould speaks of the importance of unbroken connections within our own lives and to our ancestralgenerations. Along with way, he opens to us the mysteries of fish tails, frog calls, and other matters, and shows once and for all why we must take notice when a seemingly insignificant creature is threatened, like the land snail Partula from Moorea, whose extinction he movingly relates.
  

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

A collection of essays by the indomitable Stephen Jay Gould, an intellectual romp through natural history that at once amuses and educates. As with all Gould's books, there are some essays that miss the mark, but overall, this is one of his better. Read full review

Review: Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History (Reflections in Natural History #6)

User Review  - Gregor - Goodreads

Great book! It elucidated many aspects of the history of biology and the theory of evolution that I was unaware of, or about which I only had a sketchy idea. What I liked the most were the chapters ... Read full review

Contents

A Reflective Prologue
11
THE SCALE OF EXTINCTION
21
Unenchanted Evening
23
A The Golden Rule A Proper Scale for Our Environmental Crisis
41
Losing a Limpet
52
ODD BITS IF VERTEBRATE ANATOMY
61
Eight Little Piggies
63
Bent Out of Shape
79
Counters and Cable Cars
238
HUMAN NATURE
247
Mozart and Modularity
249
The Moral State of Tahitiand of Darwin
262
Ten Thousand Acts of Kindness
275
The Declining Empire of Apes
284
GRAND PATTERNS OF EVOLUTION
297
Two Steps towards a General Theory of Lifes Complexity
299

An Earful of Jaw
95
Full of Hot Air
109
VOX POPULI
121
Evolving Visions
123
Men of the ThirtyThird Division An Essay on Integrity
124
Darwin and Paley Meet the Invisible Hand
138
More Light on Leaves
153
Time in Newtons Century
167
On Rereading Edmund Halley
168
Fall in the House of Ussher
181
MUSINGS
195
Clouds of Memory
197
Muller Bros Moving Storage
198
Shoemaker and Morning Star
206
Authenticity
219
In Touch with Walcott
220
The Wheel of Fortune and the Wedge of Progress
300
Tires to Sandals
313
New Discoveries in the Earliest History of Multicellular Life
325
Defending the Heretical and the Superfluous
326
The Reversal of Hallucigenia
342
REVISING AND EXTENDING DARWIN
353
What the Immaculate Pigeon Teaches the Burdened Mind
355
The Great Seal Principle
371
A Dogs Life in Galtons Polyhedron
382
Betting on Chance and No Fair Peeking
396
REVERSALS FRAGMENTS OF A BOOK NOT WRITTEN
407
Shields of Expectation and Actuality
409
A Tale of Three Pictures
427
A Foot Soldier for Evolution
439
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Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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