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Punctuated Equilibrium

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In 1972 Stephen Jay Gould took the scientific world by storm with his paper on punctuated equilibrium, written with Niles Eldredge. Challenging a core assumption of Darwin's theory of evolution, it launched the career of one of the most influential evolutionary biologists of our time--perhaps the best known since Darwin.

Now, thirty-five years later, and five years after hi
Paperback, 396 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Belknap Press
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Feb 22, 2011 Joe rated it really liked it
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I confess to not having read the whole book cover to cover. There are places where the technical terminology gets a little thick, and whole chapters dedicated to material of interest primarily to evolutionary scientists interested in a detailed accont of the scientific community's debates on the subject. A more general reader such as myself can afford to skip around.

Of interest to general readers will be chapters 1 and 2, parts of chapter 5, and parts of the appendix. Chapter 1 is a contextual b
Nov 19, 2013 Pepe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
S.J. Gould fu un ottimo scienziato e un eccellente divulgatore e “L'equilibrio punteggiato” rappresenta la sintesi delle due nature. Il libro fa il punto della situazione dell'omonima teoria ( che Eldredge e l'autore proposero all'inizio degli anni settanta del '900, descrivendone i fondamenti, il dibattito scientifico e le fonti di dati (le prove) e delineando le conseguenze dell'equilibrio punteggiato sulla teoria evolutiva e più in generale sulle conos ...more
Aug 24, 2009 Daniel rated it it was amazing
This book is a must for anyone who really wants to understand the structure of evolutionary theory. I read it, not knowing what to expect, but still wanting to get a classic under my belt, and was surprised at how much I did not fully understand. Its quite informative and really elucidates the fine points of evolution - and fully explicates the theory of evolution from Darwin to 1999. It has changed, this theory, but it is quite effective, what stands in the way of our understanding is our own a ...more
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Dec 29, 2014 Joel Brumfield rated it really liked it
Punctuated Equilibrium attempts to explain the seemingly large discrepancy of the number of species now as compared to the past and why there are so few today. While it is diffcult worth reading bec ause it is the best explanation to date for species evolution and disappearance.
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Stephen Jay Gould was a prominent American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science. He was also one of the most influential and widely read writers of popular science of his generation. Gould spent most of his career teaching at Harvard University and working at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Most of Gould's empirical research was on land snails. Gould
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