We retain our capacity to play throughout our lives rather than abandoning it at puberty. He takes a look back at two of science's more oddball mistakes while reminding us that scientists are more human than shallow stereotypes might allow.
The pace of change - in which gould introduces his and niles eldredge's theory of punctuated equilibrium. Early life - a chapter on pre-cambrian biology. Robert bakker's theories about warm-blooded dinosaurs.
The writing is always interesting, always thought-provoking and challenging. The style is again accessible and witty. But i like his earlier writings (such as this book) best, because his writing style then was at its most sharp and concise.
The thirty one essays are grouped in eight chapters according to their similarities. I recommend this book to any and all who have an insatiable curiosity about the world around us. Many of the topics it discusses are historical, and also many of the ... Read More
An entertaining and elegantly written collection of discursive essays on natural history and evolution. Includes a trilogy on a panda's thumb and an article on walt disney's mickey mouse evolution.
This field guide is full of helpful information and fascinating anecdotes about encountering the natural world. A respectful approach, humility, and positive intent is emphasized. I'm a beginner naturalist and found this book to be exactly what i need... Read More