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Dinosaur in a haystack : reflections in natural history

Author: Stephen Jay Gould
Publisher: New York : Crown Pub., 1997, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Essays discuss topics ranging from Charles Darwin to Old Testament Psalms, from the dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park" to the ethical challenges of science.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Jay Gould
ISBN: 0517888246 9780517888247
OCLC Number: 36306867
Notes: Essays originally published in the Natural history magazine.
Description: xv, 480 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Pt. 1. Heaven and Earth: Happy thoughts on a sunny day in New York City --
Dousing diminutive Dennis's debate (or DDDD=2000) --
The celestial mechanic and the earthly naturalist --
The late birth of a flat Earth --
pt. 2. Literature and science: The monster's human nature --
The tooth and claw centennial --
Sweetness and light --
pt. 3. Origin, stability, and extinction: [1.] Origin: In the mond of the beholder --
Of tongue worms, velvet worms, and water bears --
[2.] Stability: Cordelia's dilemma --
Lucy on the Earth in stasis --
[3.] Extinction: Dinosaur in a haystack --
Jove's thunderbolts --
pt. 4. Writing about snails: Poe's greatest hit --
The invisible woman --
Left snails and right minds --
pt. 5. The glory of museums: Dinomania --
Cabinet museums: alive alive, O! --
Evolution by walking --
The Razumovsky Duet --
Four antelopes of the apocalypse --
pt. 6. Disparate faces of eugenics: Does the stoneless plum instruct the thinking reed? --
The smoking gun of eugenics --
The most unkindest cut of all --
pt. 7. Evolutionary theory, evolutionary stories: [1.] Theory: Can we complete Darwin's revolution? --
A humongous fungus among us --
Speaking of snails and scales --
[2.] Stories: Hooking Leviathan by its past --
A special fondness for beetles --
If kings can be hermits, then we are all monkey's uncles --
Magnolias from Moscow --
pt. 8. Linnaeus and Darwin's grandfather: The first unmasking of nature --
Ordering nature by budding and full-breasted sexuality --
Four metaphors in three generations.
Other Titles: Reflections in natural history
Responsibility: Stephen Jay Gould.

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Essays discuss topics ranging from Charles Darwin to Old Testament Psalms, from the dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park" to the ethical challenges of science.

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