The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History (1980) is a collection of 31 essays by the Harvard University paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould.It is the second volume culled from his 27-year monthly column "This View of Life" in Natural History magazine. Recurring themes of the essays are evolution and its teaching, science biography, probabilities and common sense.Author: Stephen Jay Gould. “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 ReviewCited by: 592.
Aug 23, 2019 · The videos from the 2019 Evolution Meetings held June 21-25 in Providence, Rhode Island have now been posted. The web site of the meeting is here.It is a joint meeting of three societies, the American Society of Naturalists, the Society of Systematic Biologists, and . Which brings me to the giant panda and its "thumb." Giant pandas are peculiar bears, members of the order Carnivora. Conventional bears are the most omnivorous representatives of their order, but pandas have restricted this catholicity of taste in the other direction--they belie their order by .
Apr 23, 2015 · The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History - Kindle edition by Stephen Jay Gould. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Panda's Thumb: 4/5(198). 1 From Stephen Jay Gould, The Panda’s Thumb I. The Panda's Thumb FEW HEROES LOWER their sights in the prime of their lives; triumph leads inexorably on, often to destruction. Alexander wept because he had no new worlds to conquer; Napoleon, overextended, sealed .
Gould’s latest collection of essays was originally published as columns in Natural History. The Panda’s Thumb follows on the heels of his equally readable Ever Since Darwin (1977), a. Gould visited the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., shortly after the famous pandas had been presented as a gift from China after President Nixon’s visit. He observed that they appeared to be peeling their bamboo (to get at the shoots, the only part they eat) with the help of an opposable thumb.
"An early collection of Stephen Jay Gould's essays from his column in Natural History magazine, The Panda's Thumb was an enjoyable read, assuming you like natural history. It's the third of Gould's collections I've read, and the earliest I've read as well, but it held up well over time.4.1/5. The Panda's Thumb More Reflections in Natural History Stephen Jay Gould W W NORTON & COMPANY NEW YORK LONDON PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor.