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The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History

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Series: Reflections in Natural History: Collections by Stephen Jay Gould

By: Stephen Jay Gould

343 pages, Illus

Penguin Books

Paperback | Dec 1992 | #152391 | ISBN: 0393308197
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Paperback | Jul 1988 | #1725 | ISBN: 0140224734
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Hardback | Dec 1980 | #1335 | ISBN: 0393013804
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About this book

Another sparkling volume of reflections by the late Stephen J Gould.

From the publisher's announcement:

"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

Were dinosaurs really dumber than lizards? Why, after all, are roughly the same number of men and women born into the world? What led the famous Dr. Down to his theory of mongolism, and its racist residue? What do the panda's magical "thumb" and the sea turtle's perilous migration tell us about imperfections that prove the evolutionary rule? The wonders and mysteries of evolutionary biology are elegantly explored in these and other essays by the celebrated natural history writer Stephen Jay Gould.

"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."-The New Yorker

"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, New York Times Book Review

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.


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