Stephen Jay Gould Essays

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But his thoughts continually returned to the dinosaurs in the museum.When he learned that there was a field of study called paleontology, and that an adult could have a career seeking the fossils of extinct animals, his course in life was set.Join Britannica's Publishing Partner Program and our community of experts to gain a global audience for your work! He joined the faculty of Harvard University in 1967, becoming a full professor there in 1973.

With it almost being Darwin Day, it seems only right to review a book on perhaps the best popularizer of evolutionary biology in the 20th Century, Stephen Jay Gould.

As a paleontologist and historian of science, he taught at Harvard, and contributed regularly with over 300 monthly essays to the magazine , between 19.

Wilson, who believed that evolution is essentially progressive, leading from the simple to the complex and from the worse-adapted to the better.population genetics is useful—indeed, all-important—for understanding relatively small-scale or short-term evolutionary changes but that it is incapable of yielding insight into large-scale or long-term ones, such as the Cambrian explosion.

One must turn to paleontology in its own right to explain those changes, which might well involve extinctions brought about by extraterrestrial forces (e.g., comets) or new kinds of selection operating only at levels higher than the individual organism.

Gould’s science writing is characterized by a graceful literary style and the ability to treat complex concepts with absolute clarity.

Stephen Jay Gould was born in New York City and raised in Bayside in the borough of Queens.

Soon, he was reading everything he could find about dinosaurs, fossils and evolution.

Stephen Jay Gould was born on September 10, 1941, in Queens, New York, the son of Leonard Gould, a court stenographer, and Eleanor, an artist and entrepreneur.

Still other times, he took direct issue with Richard Dawkins and (Amazon US/UK) is sort of a posthumous “highlight reel”.

I’ve never been quite sure if this style of book, a “greatest hits” if you will, is the way to go, as it cuts so much out.


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