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About this book
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.
EDITORS PREFACE; LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS; The structure of Gould: History, happenstance, humanism, and the unity of his view of life. - Warren D. Allmon; Diversity in the fossil record and Stephen Jay Goulds evolving view of the history of life. - Richard K. Bambach; The legacy of punctuated equilbrium - Dana H. Geary; A tree grows in Queens: Stephen Jay Gould and ecology - Warren D. Allmon, Paul J. Morris, and Linda C. Ivany; Stephen Jay Goulds winnowing fork: Science, religion, and creationism. - Patricia H. Kelley; Top-tier: Stephen Jay Gould and mass extinctions, or I remember Steve talking about mass extinction one day, boy that was a hoot - David C. Kendrick; Stephen Jay Gould What does it mean to be a radical? - Richard C. Lewontin and Richard Levins; Evolutionary theory and the uses of biology. - Philip Kitcher; Stephen Jay Goulds evolving, hierarchical thoughts on stasis. - Bruce S. Lieberman; Stephen Jay Gould: The scientist as educator. - Robert M. Ross; Stephen Jay Gould: Remembering a geologist - Jill S. Schneiderman; Goulds odyssey: Form may follow function, or former function, and all species are equal (especially bacteria), but history is trumps. - Roger D. K. Thomas; The tree of life: Stephen Jay Goulds contributions to systematics - Margaret M. Yaccobucci; Genetics and Development: Good as Gould - Robert L. Dorit; BIBLIOGRAPHY OF STEPHEN J. GOULD; COMPILED BY WARREN D. ALLMON; INDEX
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A dozen or more of Gould's ex-students assess his science, standing and personality, six years after his untimely death. He emerges as a genius of sorts, but - appropriately for his geologist beginnings - with feet not unmarked by clay. Time Higher Education Supplement