Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History is a book on the evolution of Cambrian fauna by Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould. Alex Shrugged Stephen Jay Gould passed away in He was Jewish (as am I). He was what is called in some circles a “secular Jew”. He did not practice. Burgess Shale y la naturaleza de la historia – Stephen Jay Gould la nalga del ministro, La vida maravillosa, La sonrisa del flamenco, Acabo.

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Overturning conventional thought that life became more diverse as time went on, it seems that all major groups, and some lineages that no longer exists, diverged early in Earth’s history.

I suspect, though, that his answer to this criticism would probably be that science is never objective and scientists are rarely dispassionate, and naturally he’d lx completely right. His passion for paleontology and the story of life resonate from every page. Unfortunately, this type of prose I found entirely unsuited to writing about the science itself.

Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

At this time there were more. Without his spin, the content of this book can be as boring as 8th grade history book.

Always look for biramous or uniramous appendages. I don’t know which claims to retain and which to discard as biased or inaccurate It makes for an at once boring and exhaustingly defensive read. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Gould’s prose is quite unusual by any standards, and very unusual for writing about science.

Many paleontologists see no contradiction. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Showing an extensive mix o Wonderful Life chronicles the changing landscape of science in the seventies, and is about slow, but important changes in scientific thinking that change how we think about the world. All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from November Pages to import images to Wikidata.

Very interesting, but the edition I read had some information which has been reinterpreted since. It takes place in the middle of a discovery and a debate, but is presented as the end of one. In his review, the biologist Richard Dawkins wrote that, ” Wonderful Life is a beautifully written and deeply muddled book. Whittington and his brilliant students took another look, they came to realize over a period of time and excruciatingly painstaking work that this Cambrian fauna abounded in new phyla, in creatures that are fundamentally different from the relatively few lineages we know today.


Knight, most celebrated of artists in the reanimation of fossils, painted all the canonical figures of dinosaurs that fire our fear and imagination to this day.

Vida Maravillosa, La (Spanish Edition): Stephen Jay Gould: : Books

I thought this would be a broad overview of evolution. A fascinating story, with Gould’s analysis at the forefront. A article on trilobite appendages relies largely on Burgess materials. Since clades are monophyletic all descended from a single common ancestorthere is always going to be a “cone of increasing diversity”, because the clade always depicts hierarchical branching lineages of descent. I beg to differ. He gets all worked up about subjects that don’t really bother me.

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Sep 18, Grace rated it it was ok. His respect for the reader as an ‘intelligent layperson’ is refreshing and makes this book a real pleasure to read. A fascinating story, with Gould’s analysi This is a fascinating book about science, interpretation, and the sometimes fractious way of development of knowledge. He called himself an agnostic. In this book Stephen Jay Gould explores what the Burgess Shale tells us about evolution and the nature sstephen history.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The more technical details of chapter three might throw some readers off, but I found them to be fascinating.

It transcends these ephemeral themes of personality and the stock stage. Trivia About Wonderful Life: One of my favourite books.

Wonderful Life – reactions and thoughts. Nov 16, C.

La vida maravillosa: Stephen Jay Gould: : Books

Alex Shrugged Stephen Jay Gould stephdn away in For example, in a classic depiction of fossil horse phylogeny to use one of Gould’s examples from chapter onethe maximum “disparity” is reached in the Miocene, and then scales back as it gets closer the the present.


I’d heard about the paleontological discoveries in the Burgess Shale in Canadian Rockiesfirst described in the earky s and then re-analyzed with startlingly different results in the s and s. I’m not saying anything startling or new when I say this book is awesome.

Aug 22, Lois Bujold rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Once upon a time, when I was on the path to being sfephen geologist, I carved into the moist depths of a sandstone gorge in Clinton County, Iowa, and watched the sand crumble fida my hand. Not just about the organisms, either, which might be excusable since the book was written before many were re-evaluated, but the whole point he tries to make about the role of contingency in evolution is badly over-stated.

And that’s when I knew that sedimentology was just as much history as scientific method. I searched my ebook, and found that “chelicerate” appears 19 times, and this is the third instance.

Also, this sounds like a great idea stephej sci-fi: But then, that’s not what the book is about. The Burgess Shale includes, for example, early representatives lla all four major kinds of arthropods, the dominant animals on earth today—the trilobites now extinctthe crustaceans including lobsters, crabs, and shrimpthe chelicerates including spiders and scorpionsand the uniramians including insects. By telling the story of how the Burgess shale came to be interpreted, we not only have a story about life on this planet, but also a story of how scientists work, and how their efforts are constantly subject to revision and flux, especially in a discipline like paleontology in which there isn’t much in the way of experimentation, but there is a lot in the way of history and narrative.

This book is also awesome for two other reasons: Some of the science has been overtaken in the quarter century since it was written, but mainly in the details, not in the main thrust of the arguments. They form one of the earliest assemblages of soft-bodied creatures from the first era 1’0 multicelled animals.