The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 29, 2010 - Science - 343 pages
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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. Reissued in a larger format, with a handsome new cover, 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.
  

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Review: The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History (Reflections in Natural History #2)

User Review  - AbdulAziz Almahfoud - Goodreads

Overall the book is good but the writing style is boring, and it contained different essays on multiple topics, which is something I don't like in books, because some of them would be interesting and ... Read full review

Review: The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History (Reflections in Natural History #2)

User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

One of the better books on evolution.Gould avoids most of the silly "Creation vs. Evolutionist" rants that most authors fall into. Great book. Great info. Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
A Trilogy on a Pandas Thumb
1 The Pandas Thumb
2 Senseless Signs of History
3 Double Trouble
2 Darwiniana
Darwin vs Wallace
5 Darwins Middle Road
5 The Pace of Change
17 The Episodic Nature of Evolutionary Change
18 Return of the Hopeful Monster
19 The Great Scablands Debate
20 A Quahog Is a Quahog
6 Early Life
21 An Early Start
22 Crazy Old Randolph Kirkpatrick

6 Death Before Birth or a Mites Nunc Dimittis
7 Shades of Lamarck
8 Caring Groups and Selfish Genes
3 Human Evolution
9 A Biological Homage to Mickey Mouse
10 Piltdown Revisited
11 Our Greatest Evolutionary Step
12 In the Midst of Life
4 Science and Politics of Human Differences
13 Wide Hats and Narrow Minds
14 Womens Brains
15 Dr Downs Syndrome
16 Flaws in a Victorian Veil
23 Bathybius and Eozoon
24 Might We Fit Inside a Sponges Cell
7 They Were Despised and Rejected
25 Were Dinosaurs Dumb?
26 The Telltale Wishbone
27 Natures Odd Couples
28 Sticking Up for Marsupials
8 Size and Time
29 Our Allotted Lifetimes
Bacteria the Birds and the Bees
31 Times Vastness
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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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