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The author of the book: Stephen Jay Gould
Language: English
ISBN 13: 9780140135541
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.68 MB
Edition: Penguin
Date of issue: April 25th 1991
ISBN: 0140135545

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The author knows the value of using vivid particulars to communicate abstract scientific ideas. When he writes about such biological oddities as the inverted jellyfish Cassiopea, the praying mantis's mating habits, the giant panda's extra ''thumb'' or the flamingo's inverted jaw, he does so with a double purpose - to entertain us with fascinating details while teaching us a few general concepts. Every oddity he describes stands on its own as a discrete fact of nature, an individual mystery, as well as yielding an example of some broader principle. This lively approach - ''letting generality cascade out of particulars,'' in his own words - is displayed again in his latest collection of essays, "The Flamingo's Smile." -- New York Times

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Ebook The Flamingo's Smile read Online! Stephen Jay Gould was a prominent American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science. He was also one of the most influential and widely read writers of popular science of his generation. Gould spent most of his career teaching at Harvard University and working at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Most of Gould's empirical research was on land snails. Gould helped develop the theory of punctuated equilibrium, in which evolutionary stability is marked by instances of rapid change. He contributed to evolutionary developmental biology. In evolutionary theory, he opposed strict selectionism, sociobiology as applied to humans, and evolutionary psychology. He campaigned against creationism and proposed that science and religion should be considered two compatible, complementary fields, or "magisteria," whose authority does not overlap.

Many of Gould's essays were reprinted in collected volumes, such as Ever Since Darwin and The Panda's Thumb, while his popular treatises included books such as The Mismeasure of Man, Wonderful Life and Full House.
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