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Dinosaur in a Haystack: Reflections in Natural History

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Gould's seventh collection of essays covers a wide range of subjects in natural history, literature, and popular culture--from the wisdom of Charles Darwin to that of the Old Testament Psalms, from the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park to the dinosaurs of the latest scientific theories, from the thwarted humanity of the Frankenstein monster to the inhuman fallacies of eugenics and other pseudoscience. With black and white illustrations.

"Here is a new collection of Gould's unexpected connections between evolution and all manner of subjects, literature high among them. Gathered from his monthly column in Natural History magazine, these articles should delight, surprise, and inform his vast readership, as have his six prior volumes of essays. Somehow the light bulb pops on every month as his deadline approaches, some glowing fact pulled out of memory--often a line from Shakespeare or Tennyson--that illumines a                    generality Gould wishes to discuss. "Nature, red in tooth and claw" (Lord Alfred's line) induces dilations on the extent science can inform moral matters (not much, Gould believes); a remembrance of the infamous Wansee protocol prompts Gould's denunciation of the genocidal looting of evolutionary theory and, by extension, its vulnerability to ignoramuses in general. These two examples of the Gouldian essay method, fortunately, don't foreshadow a gloomy parade of topics: Gould can as easily alight at the fun house where mass culture absorbs ideas about evolution through movies of monsters run amok from Frankenstein to Jurassic Park. In other essays, he plunges directly into matters of evolutionary interpretation but customarily employs a literary twist: who else but Gould could link Edgar Allan Poe with his own area of professional eminence, the paleontology of snails? A discovery awaits in every essay--in every haystack--which solidifies Gould as one of the most eloquent science popularizers writing today."

--Booklist

Product Details

ISBN:
9780517888247
Subtitle:
Reflections in Natural History
Author:
Gould, Stephen Jay
Author:
Gould, Stephen Jay
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
General Nature
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
v. 4
Publication Date:
December 1996
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 BandW LINE DRAWINGS, 7 BandW CHARTS,
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 1.1875 lb

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