Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History

Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History

Among scientists who write, no one illuminates as well as Stephen Jay Gould doesthe wonderful workings of the natural world. Now in a new volume of collected essays—his sixth since Ever Since Darwin—Gould speaks of the importance of unbroken connections within our own lives and to our ancestralgenerations. Along with way, he opens to us the mysteries of fish tails, frog calls, and other matters, and shows once and for all why we must take notice when a seemingly insignificant creature is threatened, like the land snail Partula from Moorea, whose extinction he movingly relates.

Title:Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780393311396
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    Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History Reviews

  • William2

    It's easy to think that we are the most ephemeral of creatures, our lifetimes but a blink in the overall scheme. One of the things I get from reading Gould is the knowledge that we are very ancient cr...

  • Tomomi Landsman

    Ever since I read The Panda's Thumb some years ago, I've considered Stephen Jay Gould as one of my personal heroes. Every time I go to a second-hand bookstore, I look in the Science section for some o...

  • Robert

    This collection of essays is Gould's last as an author but my first as a reader of him. They are somewhat eclectic, though grouped according to theme and overall evolution and scientific method crop u...

  • J

    I think I enjoyed some of his other collections a little more than this one. The earlier collections seemed more like science for the layman and a few of these essays bog down in some more mundane tec...

  • Jen

    I wish he were still alive and could come teach debaters logic....

  • Lisa Chapman

    Not an easy read for me since I have little knowledge of things palentological, but the insights into evolution are worth wading through. The man was a supreme essayist....

  • Lorelei

    All I can say is that I really liked this book. A lot. Gd is in the details... yeah....

  • Jason Adams

    Another great entry from Stephen Jay Gould. Really enjoyed his technique of feinting from one popular topic into a deeper scientific insight....

  • Paleomichi

    Ho letto varie raccolte di saggi di Gould, ma sempre abbastanza vecchie. E' la prima volta che leggo una raccolta fra la più recenti, e mi ha colpito sotto vari aspetti, qualcuno anche negativo.Innan...

  • Kurtbg

    Mr. Gould was a Harvard professor and since the early 70's has been writing essayson natural history, evolution, paleontology (study of prehistoric life). His essays were bundledand published into boo...