LEONARDO'S MOUNTAIN OF CLAMS AND THE DIET OF WORMS

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Harvard University Press, Oct 1, 2011 - Science - 422 pages
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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. With his customary brilliance, Gould examines the puzzles and paradoxes great and small that build nature's and humanity's diversity and order. 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.

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Review: Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms: Essays on Natural History (Reflections in Natural History #8)

User Review  - Peter - Goodreads

Just finished it. Gave me a lot to thing about. I am going to do more reading around some of these issues. Gould is someone I have been reading for years. Read full review

Review: Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms: Essays on Natural History (Reflections in Natural History #8)

User Review  - Hugo Torres - Goodreads

I found myself more confused than enlightened as I listened to the audio on this books. It may translate better on the page but the audio experience was not the best. Read full review

Contents

Pieces of Eight Confession of a Humanistic Naturalist
1
I Art and Science
15
II Biographies in Evolution
75
III Human Prehistory
159
IV Of History and Toleration
213
V Evolution Facts and Theories
267
VI Different Perception of Common Truths
337
Bibliography
405
Illustration Credits
412
Index
414
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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.

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