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Full house : the spread of excellence from Plato to Darwin

Author: Stephen Jay Gould
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Presents a new view of scientific progress in which variety, and not complexity, is heralded as the true measure of excellence, illustrated by examples such as the disappearance of 0.400 hitting in baseball, and the absence of modern Mozarts.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Jay Gould
ISBN: 0517703947 9780517703946
OCLC Number: 35359843
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 244 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: How shall we read and spot a trend? --
Death and horses: two cases for the primacy of variation --
The model batter: extinction of 0.400 hitting and the improvement of baseball --
The modal bacter: why progress does not rule the history of life.
Responsibility: Stephen Jay Gould.
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Presents a new view of scientific progress in which variety, and not complexity, is heralded as the true measure of excellence, illustrated by examples such as the disappearance of 0.400 hitting in baseball, and the absence of modern Mozarts.

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