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 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 caAmong 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 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, and 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.
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 Go

  • Title: Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History
  • Author: Stephen Jay Gould
  • ISBN: 9780393311396
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. 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 from reading Gould is the knowledge that we are very ancient creatures. I am an ancient creature. On the cellular level "mitochondria and chloroplasts look uncannily like entire prokaryotic organisms (they have their own DNA and are the same size as bacteria). Almost surely, they began as symbionts within cells of other species and later became more highly inte [...]

    2. 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.

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

    4. Ho letto varie raccolte di saggi di Gould, ma sempre abbastanza vecchie. E' la prima volta che leggo una raccolta fra la più recenti, e mi ha colpito sotto vari aspetti, qualcuno anche negativo.Innanzi tutto si vede chiaramente che Gould è più maturo. Il suo stile leggendario acquista ancora più profondità, compaiono temi più attuali e "impegnati" (fra cui il rapporto uomo ambiente nella nostra società), e aumentano le incursioni in ambiti inaspettati (bellissimo il saggio sui meccanismi [...]

    5. 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 notable.I'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 understand the importance of a particular essay. TO do this he sprinkles [...]

    6. 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 more general discussion of a Big Idea. This is somewhat irritating to me, because it reminds me of Radio 4's Thought for the Day, in wh [...]

    7. A collection of essays from the evolutionist. Strong writing, as always, with that fire of deep passion for natural history. Unfortunately, its one I dont share (yes, in fact, there are actually subjects Im not interested in, or at least not passionate about). Also, it took me all of Hens Teeth and Horse's Toes and most of this book to realize just what's going on with these essays. It's a strange feeling when you agree wholeheartedly with somebody, as I do in this case, but find their style of [...]

    8. Great book! It elucidated many aspects of the history of biology and the theory of evolution that I was unaware of, or about which I only had a sketchy idea. What I liked the most were the chapters where S. J. Gould presented a particular problem in biology, and explained the history of its related research, from the very first studies and hypotheses to answers uncovered by modern research and remaining sub-questions, going through winding paths of questions, hypotheses, research, and debates, a [...]

    9. Otro libro de ensayos de Gould, otro libro de cinco estrellas. Ensayos sobre extinciones, sobre el origen de las partes del cuerpo de algunos animales, sobre cómo algunos naturalistas tenían ideas erróneas pero sus razonamientos no lo eran, sobre la memoria, sobre la decadencia del grupo de los simios frente a los monos (pese a que el ser humano esté en el grupo de los simios), sobre algunas criaturas de la explosión del cámbrico Una delicia como siempre.

    10. If you absolutely love evolution and you like it when authors use big words, you might like this book. Overall, I found half the essays interesting enough to read, and half boring enough to skip. Occasionally, Gould brings in an interesting annecdote to bring his points home, but there's a whole lot of sleep-inducing talk about skull shapes and such as well. I don't think I'll read another Stephen Jay Gould book for a while.

    11. This book is the collected essays of Stephen Jay Gould. In delves into such things as geological time, climate change and frogs. I liked the book. It is easy to reads and held my attention well. If you are interested in Nature History and look books based on essays, this is a must read. Allow a few days to read it.

    12. Another well written essay collection by Gould. Memorable ideas include:- Finer points of the scientific method (Halley's argument for a maximum bound on the age of earth, not min)- Tree vs. linear understanding of evolution- Replacement, not refinement of scientific theories

    13. Typical Stephen Jay Gould reflections on evolution, the odd development of mammalian vertebrae, Darwinism and human nature. The book is a collection of some of his most famous essays, so I read each chapter just before bed.

    14. Awesome overview of evolution, and really interesting examples of how life develops, why we have 5 fingers, etc. Great read.

    15. See my comments on Ever Since Darwin. Gould tackles fun topics such as memory and ecology in this book of essays on natural history.

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