(Read) Eight Little Piggies Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould

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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 an. I wish he were still alive and could come teach debaters logic

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Eight Little Piggies Reflections in Natural History

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. Published in 1993 Eight Little Piggies is Stephen Jay Gould s sixth book of collected essays These essays besides being full of fascinating natural science facts and history discuss Gould s horror at the loss of animals around the world for the first time in a section Part one The Scale of ExtinctionThe rest of the book follows Gould s usual thematic stories about evolutionary theory and histories of life Odd Bits of Vertebrate Anatomy Vox Populi Musings Human Nature Grand Patterns of Evolution Revising and Extending Darwin Reversals Fragments of a Book Not WrittenAll of these essays appeared in Natural History magazineGould writes about science with verve He loves including a huge variety of related science factoids and history whether discussing the variety of shapes of dog skulls fossil discoveries the methodology of fourteenth century proto scientists who came up with creation dates such as October 23 4004 bce as the date the earth was created psychological blubbering over nostalgic pasts that never existed wrong scientific conclusions which were nonetheless important to the discussion of evolution including Darwin probability and randomness evolutionary Trees of Life and sociobiology among many interesting subjectsThere is an Index and a BibliographyI love these books

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D 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 from the back cov. Not an easy read for me since I have little knowledge of things palentological but the insights into evolution are worth wading through The man was a supreme essayist


10 thoughts on “Eight Little Piggies Reflections in Natural History

  1. says:

    It's easy to think that we are the most ephemeral of creatures our lifetimes but a blink in the overall scheme One of the things I get

  2. says:

    Published in 1993 'Eight Little Piggies' is Stephen Jay Gould's sixth book of collected essays These essays besides being full of fascinating natural science facts and history discuss Gould's horror at the loss of animals around the w

  3. says:

    Ever since I read The Panda's Thumb some years ago I've considered Stephen Jay Gould as one of my personal heroes Every time I go to a second hand bookstore I look in the Science section for some of his books I picked this one up at Second Story Books near Dupont Circle along with The Lying Stones of Marrakech which is next on my list to readOne of the aspects of Gould's writing that I absolutely love is how he

  4. says:

    This collection of essays is Gould's last as an author but my first as a reader of him They are somewhat eclectic though grouped according to theme and overall evolution and scientific method crop up the most often Technically the approach is less diverse with an opening starting with some personal or topical at the time of writing anecdote leading into a general discussion of a Big Idea This is somewhat irrit

  5. says:

    I wish he were still alive and could come teach debaters logic

  6. says:

    I think I enjoyed some of his other collections a little than this one The earlier collections seemed like science for the layman and a few of these essays bog down in some mundane technical aspects and touch on what is an all too familiar ground Gould had covered before the evolution drama of all the players who blindly rejected or blindl

  7. says:

    All I can say is that I really liked this book A lot Gd is in the details yeah

  8. says:

    Not an easy read for me since I have little knowledge of things palentological but the insights into evolution are worth wading through The man was a supreme essayist

  9. says:

    Another great entry from Stephen Jay Gould Really enjoyed his techniue of feinting from one popular topic into a deeper scientific insight

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    Mr Gould was a Harvard professor and since the early 70's has been writing essayson natural history evolution paleontology study of prehistoric life His essays were bundledand published into books Dinosaur in a haystack was probably his most notableI've liked his works as he's very accessible despite the technically scientific jargon and concepts he introduces He doesn't dumb it down but gives the reader enough to unde

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