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Risplendi grande lucciola: riflessioni di storia naturale (1991)

di Stephen Jay Gould

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In this collection of essays, Gould exposes muddled thinking about matters biological, and makes the point that evolution is not a ladder but a bush ever dividing, branching and making twigs.

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> De l'importance des détails
Par Barthelemy, le 18 janvier 2012 (Sur Amazon) 4/5… ; (en ligne),
URL : https://www.amazon.fr/gp/customer-reviews/RJD50G2WJKC4E?ref=pf_vv_at_pdctrvw_srp
Célèbre spécialiste et vulgarisateur de la théorie de l'évolution, Stephen Jay Gould livre ici son cinquième recueil d'articles parus dans la revue Natural History - soit 34 essais parmi les meilleurs écrits en six ans. L'auteur reste fidèle à son talent pédagogique, sa curiosité éclectique et son style allant du particulier du général, attaché à ces détails significatifs qui, bien décrits, analysés et compris, mènent à des enseignements importants. Ces derniers se rapportent souvent à certaines idées favorites de Gould mais les anecdotes de départ sont des plus variées.
La foire aux dinosaures est donc un excellent recueil pour découvrir ou approfondir ses connaissances sur la théorie de l'évolution et la science en général. Pas l'ouvrage le plus indispensable de l'auteur (il présente davantage ses idées dans La vie est belle et L'éventail du vivant) mais une lecture enrichissante.
  Joop-le-philosophe | Jan 24, 2021 |
A collection of essays by the indomitable Stephen Jay Gould, an intellectual romp through natural history that at once amuses and educates. As with all Gould's books, there are some essays that miss the mark, but overall, this is one of his better. ( )
  Devil_llama | Dec 23, 2011 |
At the time of review, I'm still reading through this book, but I can say that it is one of my favorite science books that I've read since Alice in Quantumland. Gould's style is accessible, his essays cover a rnage of topics, and I am inspired to hare off on explorations of my own after each one. ( )
  ShushilaH | Dec 16, 2009 |
Stephen Jay Gould: Bully for Brontosaurus: 1992: Eerste druk 1991: 511 blz: Penguin

Door zijn optreden in het VPRO tv-programma "Een schitterend ongeluk"
is Gould bekend geworden bij het Nederlandse publiek. Gould was (hij is helaas dit jaar aan kanker overleden) paleontoloog met een brede algemene interesse (oa: baseball en koormuziek). "Bully for Brontosaurus" is een bundeling van 35 essays die eerder verschenen in een wetenschappelijk tijdschrift. De essays omvatten een keur aan onderwerpen die meestal met evolutie te maken hebben. De essays zijn inhoudelijk zeer boeiend en Gould heeft een prettig leesbare schrijfstijl. Voor iedereen die geinteresseerd is in de natuurwetenschappen, en zijn Engels een beetje beheerst, warm aanbevolen.
Uitgelezen: woensdag 11 december 2002, Waardering: ***½ ( )
  erikscheffers | Sep 3, 2009 |
Bully for Brontosaurus: Stephen Jay Gould writes another volume of essays that are profound in scope. Trying to review essays in book form is difficult, but taking the task at hand, here is what I have to say.These collected essays are enlightening and thought provoking. They vary in scope and content, but are always stimulating. The author has a knack for making the reader think, as I suppose all good professors should, a task well taken here. The writing is easily followed and straight forward with a smattering of Gould's wit thrown in for spice. The authou's sense of humor is also apparent. The essays are educational, even as the author brings two apparently different articles and ties them together with a common thread. I found a cornucopia of disparate objects that fueled my intellectual pleasure, as I read through the book. Anyone interested in Natural History or just curious about life should read this book. The author's flowing writing style is evident, his teaching skills are there to enjoy and learn from. Read and enjoy good writing.
  iayork | Aug 9, 2009 |
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