The Flamingo's Smile: Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould

By Stephen Jay Gould

This can be Gould's fourth quantity of essays reprinted, with postscripts, from usual historical past. Gould's per thirty days columns appear to tackle new that means in those collectionseach turns into a bit in a mosaic trend of idea. therefore, The Flamingo's Smile offers a glimpse on the massive photo. The essay at the extinction of dinosaurs is put successfully subsequent to a attention of humanity's attainable extinction via nuclear conflict. The discussions of evolutionary biology comprise new items from contemporary study and revisions in formerly held ideals, in addition to an incredibly appropriate essay at the decline in batting averages in significant league baseball. And, for the 1st time, Gould writes for the overall reader on his personal learn on Bahamian land snails. This booklet calls for undivided awareness, however the gift is distinct perception into the complexities of evolutionary biology. Susan Klimley, Columbia Univ. Libs., N.Y.

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