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Quando i cavalli avevano le dita: misteri e stranezze della natura (1980)

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Over a century after Darwin published the Origin of Species, Darwinian theory is in a "vibrantly healthy state," writes Stephen Jay Gould, its most engaging and illuminating exponent. Exploring the "peculiar and mysterious particulars of nature," Gould introduces the reader to some of the many and wonderful manifestations of evolutionary biology.… (altro)
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> Stephen Jay Gould, Quand les poules auront des dents. Réflexions sur l'histoire naturelle, traduit de l’américain par Marie-France de Paloméra, Fayard, 448 p., 130 F.
Se reporter au compte rendu de Pierre PELLEGRIN
In: Revue Philosophique de la France et de l'Étranger, T. 175, No. 1, ILLUSION ET VÉRITÊ (JANVIER-MARS 1985), pp. 71-73… ; (en ligne),
URL : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TJepaKqdDhL7ygS2681iIU8c57M-IEvR/view?usp=shari...
  Joop-le-philosophe | Jan 24, 2021 |
I just don't know what to think. I don't have the training. I'm glad to know it's old so I don't have to feel like I'm missing something important! (That is to say, any of the ideas he proposes that have been accepted are now part of the current literature, and those that were not accepted can be disregarded. :) ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This is the fourth in a series written by Stephen Jay Gould, a paleontologist from Harvard University. Gould looks at some of the early, flawed and heavily biased research that supported racial superiority, along with other factors involved in the evolution of families and species and scientific considerations in determining origins. Gould supports the basic Darwinian theory but takes issue with the frequently misunderstood understanding and adaptation of Darwin's work by the public. This work is an academic treatise, and as such, it is little wonder that so few people so deeply invested in evolutionary theory have bothered to read explanations of this type. ( )
  mldavis2 | Apr 7, 2015 |
A collection of essays, almost all of them originally published in Natural History Magazine, covering various topics in evolutionary biology and related fields. These are from the early 1980s, so some of them are a bit dated, but they're still very much worth reading. Gould is a lucid, thoughtful writer, and his subject matter is always intriguing, at least for those of a scientific mindset. He isn't simply popularizing scientific concepts or offering up interesting scientific factoids for his readers, either. There's a lot of original thought, analysis, and argument here, whether Gould is attempting to dispel over-simplistic myths about important people in the history of science, contesting the popular notion that extinct species are necessarily failed or "inferior" species, or -- a favorite theme -- pointing out the ways that biologists often fail to sufficiently take into account the role that chance and contingency play in evolution. Fascinating stuff. ( )
1 vota bragan | Sep 11, 2013 |
I’m going to make an embarrassing confession: when I was a teenager, I attempted to read one of Stephen Jay Gould’s essay collections and didn’t quite make it through. I think it was the baseball; something about it turned me off. Now, twelve years later, I lament not having tried another of his books while younger. I recently read The Mismeasure of Man and thought it was brilliant. Now I have read an actual book of his shorter works, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Full review: http://libwen.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/hens-teeth-and-horses-toes-by-stephen-jay... ( )
  juliayoung | Aug 26, 2010 |
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Over a century after Darwin published the Origin of Species, Darwinian theory is in a "vibrantly healthy state," writes Stephen Jay Gould, its most engaging and illuminating exponent. Exploring the "peculiar and mysterious particulars of nature," Gould introduces the reader to some of the many and wonderful manifestations of evolutionary biology.

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