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George Gaylord Simpson : paleontologist and evolutionist

Author: Léo F Laporte
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Focusing on Simpson's scientific contributions, Laporte provides chapters on Simpson's earliest paleontological research through his distinguished Alexander Agassiz professorship at Harvard and his  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: George Gaylord Simpson; George Gaylord Simpson; George Gaylord Simpson; George Gaylord Simpson; George Gaylord Simpson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Léo F Laporte
ISBN: 0231120648 9780231120647 0231120656 9780231120654
OCLC Number: 43706868
Description: xvi, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 2. Paleontology and the Expansion of Biology 17 --
Biology and Fossils at Yale 19 --
Biology and Fossils at the American Museum 21 --
Simpson's Biological Insights of the 1930s 25 --
Tempo and Mode in Evolution 29 --
Response to Tempo and Mode 31 --
Adoption of the Population Concept of Species 34 --
Disciplinary Independence for Paleontology 37 --
3. Summer of 1924 41 --
"A Very Promising Graduate Student" 41 --
"Digressing All Over the Landscape" 45 --
"Some Discovery to Rival the Boss's" 47 --
"A Considerable Piece of Work" 50 --
"Bone is Abundant" 56 --
"Busy Collecting Other Men's Prospects" 57 --
"First Paper I Ever Wrote" 61 --
"Beginning a Series of Raids" 62 --
4. Darwin's World 67 --
Presbyterianism and Apostasy 70 --
Evolution and Darwin 72 --
Six Darwinian Themes 73 --
Selected Simpson Commentaries on Darwin 78 --
5. Paleocene Mammals of Montana 80 --
Invitation 81 --
First Field Season--1932 83 --
South American Interlude 84 --
Second Field Season--1935 86 --
"New Ways of Going at Things" 87 --
6. On Species 96 --
From Types to Statistical Inferences 98 --
From Statistics to Ecology 105 --
From Species to Higher Categories 107 --
Species as an Evolutionary Concept 109 --
7. Tempo and Mode in Evolution 112 --
Two Door-Openers 113 --
New Genetics 115 --
Genetics and the Origin of Species 117 --
Contemporary Paleontology 120 --
Tempo and Mode in Evolution 126 --
Micro-, Macro-, and Mega-Evolution 139 --
Low-Rate and High-Rate Lines 144 --
Inertia, Trend, and Momentum 147 --
Organism and Environment 151 --
Modes of Evolution 155 --
Reception and Impact 162 --
Final Perspective 171 --
8. Mentor for Paleoanthropology 174 --
Evolutionary Synthesis 175 --
Simpson's Credentials 176 --
Simpson as Mentor 178 --
Simpson as Critic 182 --
Simpson as Apologist 189 --
9. Wrong for the Right Reasons 195 --
Wegener and Fossils 197 --
Simpson's Response to Drift 198 --
Structure of Simpson's Rebuttal 200 --
Plate Tectonics Revolution 213 --
Simpson's Conversion 215 --
10. Mind's Eye 221 --
Showing What Is Observed 223 --
Visual Induction 223 --
Visual Deduction 227 --
Visual as Effect and Affect 236 --
11. Awkward Embrace 240 --
Prelude to the American Museum Appointment 241 --
Simpson Joins the American Museum 241 --
American Museum Research and Expeditions 243 --
New Directions with a New Director 245 --
Simpson as Administrator 247 --
Accident in Brazil 249 --
"Plus Ca Change ..." 251 --
12. Concession to the Ineluctable 256 --
Magruder's Misadventure 257 --
Nature of Time 259 --
Past Life's Lessons 261 --
Melancholia 263 --
Simpson as Sam Magruder 264.
Responsibility: Léo F. Laporte.

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