Bully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 29, 2010 - Science
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"Provocative and delightfully discursive essays on natural history. . . . Gould is the Stan Musial of essay writing. He can work himself into a corkscrew of ideas and improbable allusions paragraph after paragraph and then, uncoiling, hit it with such power that his fans know they are experiencing the game of essay writing at its best."--John Noble Wilford, New York Times Book Review

  

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Contents

George Cannings Left Buttock and the Origin of Species
21
Grimms Greatest Tale
32
The Creation Myths of Cooperstown
42
The Pandas Thumb of Technology
59
DINOMANIA
77
Bully for Brontosaurus
79
6 The Dinosaur Ripoff
94
ADAPTATION
107
Here Goes Nothing
294
INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY
307
In a Jumbled Drawer
309
Kropotkin Was No Crackpot
325
Fleeming Jenkin Revisited
340
The Passion of Antoine Lavoisier
354
The Godfather of Disaster
367
EVOLUTION AND CREATION
383

Of Kiwi Eggs and the Liberty Bell
109
Male Nipples and Clitoral Ripples
124
Not Necessarily a Wing
139
FADS AND FALLACIES
153
The Case of the Creeping Fox Terrier Clone
155
Lifes Little Joke
168
The Chain of Reason versus the Chain of Thumbs
182
ART AND SCIENCE
199
Madame Jeanette
201
Red Wings in the Sunset
209
Petrus Campers Angle
229
Literary Bias on the Slippery Slope
241
DOWN UNDER
253
Glow Big Glowworm
255
To Be a Platypus
269
Blighs Bounty
281
Knight Takes Bishop?
385
Genesis and Geology
402
William Jennings Bryans Last Campaign
416
An Essay on a Pig Roast
432
Justice Scalias Misunderstanding
448
NUMBERS AND PROBABILITY
461
The Streak of Streaks
463
The Median Isnt the Message
473
The Ant and the Plant
479
PLANETS AS PERSONS
487
The Face of Miranda
489
The Horn of Triton
499
Bibliography
513
Index
525
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About the author (2010)

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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