Stephen Jay Gould: Reflections on His View of Life

Stephen Jay Gould: Reflections on His View of Life

by Warren D. Allmon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195373200

ISBN-13: 9780195373202

Pub. Date: 11/05/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Considered by many during his lifetime as the most well-known scientist in the world, Stephen Jay Gould left an enormous and influential body of work. A Harvard professor of paleontology, evolutionary biology, and the history of science, Gould provided major insights into our understanding of the history of life. He helped to reinvigorate paleontology, launch

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Considered by many during his lifetime as the most well-known scientist in the world, Stephen Jay Gould left an enormous and influential body of work. A Harvard professor of paleontology, evolutionary biology, and the history of science, Gould provided major insights into our understanding of the history of life. He helped to reinvigorate paleontology, launch macroevolution on a new course, and provide a context in which the biological developmental stages of an organism's embryonic growth could be integrated into an understanding of evolution. This book is a set of reflections on the many areas of Gould's intellectual life by the people who knew and understood him best: former students and prominent close collaborators. Mostly a critical assessment of his legacy, the chapters are not technical contributions but rather offer a combination of intellectual bibliography, personal memoir, and reflection on Gould's diverse scientific achievements. The work includes the most complete bibliography of his writings to date and offers a multi-dimensional view of Gould's life-work not to be found in any other volume.

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ISBN-13:
9780195373202
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/05/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1 The Structure of Gould: Happenstance, Humanism, History, and the Unity of His View of Life Warren D. Allmon Allmon, Warren D. 3

2 Diversity in the Fossil Record and StephenJay Gould's Evolving View of the History of Life Richard K. Bambach Bambach, Richard K. 69

3 The Legacy of Punctuated Equilibrium Dana H. Geary Geary, Dana H. 127

4 A Tree Grows in Queens: Stephen Jay Gould and Ecology Warren D. Allmon Allmon, Warren D. Paul J. Morris Morris, Paul J. Linda C. Ivany Ivany, Linda C. 147

5 Stephen Jay Gould's Winnowing Fork: Science, Religion, and Creationism Patricia H. Kelley Kelley, Patricia H. 171

6 Top-Tier: Stephen Jay Gould and Mass Extinctions David C. Kendrick Kendrick, David C. 189

7 Stephen Jay Gould - What Does It Mean to Be a Radical? Richard C. Lewontin Lewontin, Richard C. Richard Levins Levins, Richard 199

8 Evolutionary Theory and the Social Uses of Biology Philip Kitcher Kitcher, Philip 207

9 Stephen Jay Gould's Evolving, Hierarchical Thoughts on Stasis Bruce S. Lieberman Lieberman, Bruce S. 227

10 Stephen Jay Gould: The Scientist as Educator Robert M. Ross Ross, Robert M. 243

11 Stephen Jay Gould: Remembering a Geologist Jill S. Schneiderman Schneiderman, Jill S. 263

12 Gould's Odyssey: Form May Follow Function, or Former Function, and All Species Are Equal (Especially Bacteria), but History Is Trumps R. D. K. Thomas Thomas, R. D. K. 271

13 The Tree of Life: Stephen Jay Gould's Contributions to Systematics Margaret M. Yacobucci Yacobucci, Margaret M. 291

14 Genetics and Development: Good as Gould Robert L. Dorit Dorit, Robert L. 313

15 Bibliography: Stephen Jay Gould Warren D. Allmon Allmon, Warren D.335

Notes 381

Index 387

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