The Flamingo's Smile: Reflections in Natural History

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W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 29, 2010 - Nature - 476 pages
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"Gould himself is a rare and wonderful animal—a member of the endangered species known as the ruby-throated polymath. . . . [He] is a leading theorist on large-scale patterns in evolution . . . [and] one of the sharpest and most humane thinkers in the sciences." --David Quammen, New York Times Book Review

  

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Review: The Flamingo's Smile: Reflections in Natural History (Reflections in Natural History #4)

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This book, the first I've read of Gould's essay collections, sure sharpens my regret at his early passing. He speaks eloquently and with a sparkling wit about a great many subjects, most consistently ... Read full review

Review: The Flamingo's Smile: Reflections in Natural History (Reflections in Natural History #4)

User Review  - Elise Jenkins - Goodreads

The Flamingos smile by Stephen jay Gould is a book based on the idea if evolution it includes facts, ideas from other scientists as well as a few drawings to show what the author is explaining. Gould ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1 Zoonomia and Exceptions
1 The Flamingos Smile
2 Only His Wings Remained
3 Sex and Size
4 Living with Connections
5 A Most Ingenious Paradox
2 Theory and Perception
5 Politics and Progress
17 To Show An Ape
18 Bound by the Great Chain
19 The Hottentot Venus
20 Carrie Bucks Daughter
21 Singapores Patrimony and Matrimony
6 Darwiniana
22 Hannah Wests Left Shoulder and the Origin of Natural Selection

6 Adams Navel
7 The Freezing of Noah
8 False Premise Good Science
9 For Want of a Metaphor
3 The Importance of Taxonomy
10 Of Wasps and WASPs
11 Opus 100
12 Human Equality Is a Contingent Fact of History
13 The Rule of Five
4 Trends and Their Meaning
14 Losing the Edge
15 Death and Transfiguration
16 Reducing Riddles
23 Darwin at Seaand the Virtues of Port
24 A Short Way to Corn
7 Life Here and Elsewhere
25 Just in the Middle
26 Mind and Supermind
27 SETI and the Wisdom of Casey Stengel
8 Extinction and Continuity
28 Sex Drugs Disasters and the Extinction of Dinosaurs
29 Continuity
30 The Cosmic Dance of Siva
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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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