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Dinosaur in a Haystack [Paperback]

Stephen Jay Gould
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7 Mar 1996
Gould's writing remains the modern standard by which popular science writing is judged. Ever since the late 1970s, his monthly essay in NATURAL HISTORY and his full-length books ahve bridged the yawning gap between science and the wider culture. He has a gift for colloquial and vivid explanation, an unquenchable passion for Darwinian science, and a deep democratic commitment which resists any reduction to biological urges. The characteristic themes of Gould's essays are brilliantly displayed in this, his seventh generous collection of essays. They range from his beloved New York City to the wider realms of discredited scientific theory, in which Gould always manages to find a nugget of insight which we ignore at our peril. He discusses Jurassic Park, the reconstruction of dinosaurs and the tragic myth of Frankenstein. He is as fascinated by tongue-worms and water beans as he is by dinosaurs and giant fungi. His literary references extend from the Old Testament through Edgar Allan Poe to Stephen King. He writes about the glory of museums, the older the better. And as always, there are more strictly scientific essays that discuss problems of evolutionary theory.


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd; First Edition edition (7 Mar 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224044729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224044721
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University and the curator for invertebrate palaeontology in the University's Museum of Comparative Zoology. He is the author of over twenty books, and received the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship. He died in May 2002.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Punctuated evolution 29 Jan 2006
By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I had read some of the earlier works and was planning to read disassociated unique ideas. "Oranges" by John A. McPhee is just that way (a little history, a little myth, and maybe some economics.) or a continuing string of thought like "The Ascent of Man" by Jacob Bronowski.
What I found was something surprisingly unique. I never realized how coherent reflections could be. Like the columnist, Dave Berry, Stephen Jay Gould would start out with the most innocent of statements and parlay that into an earth shattering reflection. And just as you think he is going way out in left field, he ties it all together. And each chapter is summed up and is tied to one whole reflection on natural history.
You will never look at snails with the same twist again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Punctuated evolution 2 Jun 2013
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I had read some of the earlier works and was planning to read disassociated unique ideas. "Oranges" by John A. McPhee is just that way (a little history, a little myth, and maybe some economics.) or a continuing string of thought like "The Ascent of Man" by Jacob Bronowski.

What I found was something surprisingly unique. I never realized how coherent reflections could be. Like the columnist, Dave Berry, Stephen Jay Gould would start out with the most innocent of statements and parlay that into an earth shattering reflection. And just as you think he is going way out in left field, he ties it all together. And each chapter is summed up and is tied to one whole reflection on natural history.
You will never look at snails with the same twist again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Punctuated evolution 2 Dec 2006
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I had read some of the earlier works and was planning to read disassociated unique ideas. "Oranges" by John A. McPhee is just that way (a little history, a little myth, and maybe some economics.) or a continuing string of thought like "The Ascent of Man" by Jacob Bronowski.

What I found was something surprisingly unique. I never realized how coherent reflections could be. Like the columnist, Dave Berry, Stephen Jay Gould would start out with the most innocent of statements and parlay that into an earth shattering reflection. And just as you think he is going way out in left field, he ties it all together. And each chapter is summed up and is tied to one whole reflection on natural history.
You will never look at snails with the same twist again.
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