He spent many years teaching at Harvard as well as at New York University in his later life. Gould, along with Niles Eldredge inpublished the theory of punctuated equilibrium. Their theory stated that creatures had long periods of evolutionary stability occasionally marked with rapid periods of advancement, unlike the previously accepted idea of phyletic gradualism, which stated that evolution appened constantly and slowly.
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It was " Letting Go - what should medicine do when it can't save your life? The essay was about statistics, about medians, long tails, and about life, and his struggle to not get bogged down by the median, but to rage mightily against the dying of the light.
Got his collected essays, "The richness of life - the essential Stephen Jay Gould". There are quite a few essay collections and books, and this seems like a good starting point. This collection selects from a wide range and has apparently some of the best essays.
Good to get started. Stephen Jay Gould was a scientific essayist. He, along with Niles Eldredge, talked about 'punctuated equilibrium', and along with Elisabeth Vrba, about 'exaptation'. The writing is selected from his different essays written for Natural history magazine he published essays in a continuous streak over 25 years!
Some of the essays are autobiographical, and a pleasure to read. Some are biographies of people he reads and revers.
Others then get to Evolutionary Theory the most difficult part oft he book for me. And then delightful readings on size, form and shape including an intriguing account of Zebra stripes.
And some really wonderful writing on whales, insects, wings, snails. Then the collection covers sociology, religion, racism - his essays linking everything to evolution and the misguided understanding of nineteenth and twentieth century evolution and survival of fittest.
One of those books that you end up being proud of yourself for reading. It took a long time. Over pages, hardcover. And I read it along with other long reads which are still half way done. Not much other reading over the last two months I realize.
But this one is a joyful read. Joyful in the sense it is science, it is thought, it is statistics, it is a way of looking at things which is not ordinary and humdrum, and you come out so much richer in thoughts on the other side. Sample this from his writing on logical errors, and here, he is similar to Kahneman, Taleb.
We do something else that usually serves us well, but fails in crucial instances. We "match to type". We abstract what we consider the 'essence' of an entity and then arrange our judgments by their degree of similarity to this assumed type.
This propensity may help us to understand an entire range of human preferences, from Plato's theory of form to modern stereotyping of race and gender. We might also understand the world better, and free ourselves from unseemly prejudice, if we properly grasped the workings of probability and its inexorable hold, through laws of logic, upon much of nature's pattern.
But some was dense, difficult, full of terms I didn't know. But I am not complaining. Except one essay - "The Structure of Evolutionary Theory: Revising Three Central Features of Darwinian Logic" an extract from his book of similar namewhich I struggled with thrice but could not fathom.
I have finally given up on that one. Sample a few words: Hoxology, ontogeny I understand that nowinsect metameres, rhombomeric segments, dorso-ventral inversion, parallelism, coherent clades.
I can figure them out, and I sort of understand them in the context, individually, but I just can't follow the argument completely.
More patience needed on my side. But I did read rest of it, and I loved it. Another place where I came across 'stasis' a lot.Stephan Jay Gould’s “The Median Isn’t the Message” Stephen Jay Gould was a paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and a historian of science.
He spent many years teaching at Harvard as well as at New York University in his later life. Gould, along with Niles Eldredge in , published the theory of punctuated equilibrium.
The Median Isn't the Message by Stephen Jay Gould My life has recently intersected, in a most personal way, two of Mark Twain's famous quips. One I shall defer to the end of this essay. The other (sometimes attributed to Disraeli), identifies three species of mendacity, each worse than the one before - lies, lies, and statistics.
DISCOVER / JUNE ESSAY The Median Isn't the Message STEPHEN JAY GOULD Stephen Jay Gould.
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teaches biology, geology, and the history of science at Harvard. In , I learned I was suffering from a rare and serious cancer. After surgery, I asked my doctor what the best technical literature on the cancer was. Check out this great passage from Stephen Jay Gould.
Stephen Jay Gould (/ ɡ uː l d /; September 10, – May 20, ) was an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of ashio-midori.com was also one of the most influential and widely read authors 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. Stephen Jay Gould (/ ɡ uː l d /; September 10, – May 20, ) was an 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.