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The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History
     

The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History

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by Stephen Jay Gould
 

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"Gould is a natural writer; he has something to say and the inclination and skill with which to say it."—P. B. Medawar, New York Review of Books

With sales of well over one million copies in North America alone, the commercial success of Gould's books now matches their critical acclaim. Reissued in a larger format, with a handsome new cover,

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"Gould is a natural writer; he has something to say and the inclination and skill with which to say it."—P. B. Medawar, New York Review of Books

With sales of well over one million copies in North America alone, the commercial success of Gould's books now matches their critical acclaim. Reissued in a larger format, with a handsome new cover, The Panda's Thumb will introduce a new generation of readers to this unique writer, who has taken the art of the scientific essay to new heights.

Editorial Reviews

The New Yorker
“It is a wonder what Mr. Gould can do with the most unlikely phenomena: a tiny organism's use of the earth's magnetic field as a guide to food and comfort, for instance, or the panda's thumb—which isn't one. . . . Science writing at its best.”
New York Times Book Review
Stephen Jay Gould is a serious and gifted interpreter of biological theory, of the history of ideas and of the cultural context of scientific discovery. . . . The Panda's Thumb is fresh and mind-stretching. Above all, it is exultant. So should its readers be.— H. Jack Geiger
H. Jack Geiger - New York Times Book Review
“Stephen Jay Gould is a serious and gifted interpreter of biological theory, of the history of ideas and of the cultural context of scientific discovery. . . . The Panda's Thumb is fresh and mind-stretching. Above all, it is exultant. So should its readers be.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393340839
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/29/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
620,318
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 10, 1941
Date of Death:
May 20, 2002
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Place of Death:
Boston, Massachusetts
Education:
B.S., Antioch College, 1963; Ph.D., Columbia University, 1967

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Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
over all it is a good book. it is made up of a 20 or so short essays grouped together into chapters so..... i made the mistake of thinking that if i read them out of order then i wouldn't under stand the book--not true, i thought some of the topics where very intresting and others not so much. im glad i read the whole thing but to do it over again i would only read about 3/4 of the essays. good facts about natural history and evolution but no new or exciting ideas.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We know that GOD made the world,not evolution.