An Urchin in the Storm: Essays about Books and Ideas

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1988 - 255 Seiten
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"What pleasure to see the dishonest, the inept, and the misguided deftly given their due, while praise is lavished on the deserving -- for reasons well and truly stated." -- Kirkus Reviews

Ranging as far as the fox and as deep as the hedgehog (the urchin of his title), Stephen Jay Gould expands on geology, biological determinism, "cardboard Darwinism," and evolutionary theory in this sparkling collection.

"No one knows more about Darwin and about evolution than Stephen Gould does. No one writes more clearly on these subject then Stephen Gould does. No one is better equipped to deal with fallacies, however crude or however subtle, in this field than Stephen Gould is. This collection of reviews is my proof." -- Isaac Asimov

 

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Nutzerbericht  - TheDivineOomba - LibraryThing

This book is wonderful for examples of critical thinking. The books and essays that are critiqued are old and probably have not stood the time, but these essays are still relevant in today's world ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - Devil_llama - LibraryThing

Not as interesting as Gould's essays on evolution, baseball, and statistics, this book focuses on reviews of books. Gould does demonstrate much of his familiar style here, but he isn't as much fun to read when he strays into criticism instead of evolutionary theory. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Preface
9
Evolutionary Theory
17
How Does a Panda Fit?
19
Cardboard Darwinism
26
Misserving Memory
51
The Ghost of Protagoras
62
Time and Geology
73
The Power of Narrative
75
Four Biologists
155
Triumph of a Naturalist
157
Thwarted Genius
169
Exultation and Explanation
180
Calling Dr Thomas
189
In Praise of Reason
197
Pleasant Dreams
199
The Perils of Hope
208

Deep Time and Ceaseless Motion
93
Biological Determinism
105
Genes on the Brain
107
Jensens Last Stand
124
Nurturing Nature
145
Utopia Limited
216
Integrity and Mr Rifkin
229
The Quack Detector
240
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Über den Autor (1988)

Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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