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Little book published as a Penguin 60s for Penguin's 60th anniversary.
Paperback, Penguin 60s, 58 pages
Published 1995 by Penguin Books
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Did Adam have a navel? How does one lie with statistics? What is the best way to destroy an indigenous species? Why do men have nipples? These questions vaguely link up with the four essays by Gould in this collection, but do not do them justice. Excellently written prose leads the reader through fascinating topics in evolutionary biology. Well worth the reading, and yet again in the Penguin 60s, an enticing appetizer for the writer's complete works.

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Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) เปนนักชีววิทยาชาวอเมริกัน 4 บทความสันเกียวกับประวัติศาสตรธรรมชาติ

- Adam's Naval พูดถึงทฤษฎีวิวัฒนการในแงการกำเนิดของสิงมีชีวิต ถาสิงทังหลายเกิดจากการสรางของพระเจาจริงๆ

- The Median isn't the message พูดถึงความหมายของคาเฉลียทีอาจจะทำใหขอมูลทีไดรับผิดพลาด

- Unenchanted Evening ยกเคสการแพรกระจายของหอยทากบนเกาะตาฮิติและการแกปัญหาทีทำใหสิงมีชิวิตสายพันธนึงหายไปจากถินทีอยูเดิมจากการกระทำของมนุษย

- Male Nipples and Clitoral Ripples พูดถึงทฤษฎีวิวัฒนการในแงการเปลียนแปลงของอวัย
David Campton
A superb little taster of Gould's wonderful combination of beautiful prose, insightful scientific thought and breadth of interest. In 4 short essays he covers evolutionary philosophy, the use and abuse of statistics, ecological incompetence and the dangers of ascribing adaptive function to female orgasm. A provocative wee book that reminds us of Gould's genius and makes me wonder what he would make of Dawkins' recent neo-Darwinian fundamentalism?
Sarah Sammis
There are four scientific / philosophic essays in this tiny book. Of the four my favorite has to be "Unenchanted Evening" which discusses statistics, invasive species and diversity brought on by isolation -- all of which is seen through the filter of "South Pacific" and couple of species of snails.
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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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