Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 17, 1990 - Fiction - 347 pages
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"[An] extraordinary book. . . . Mr. Gould is an exceptional combination of scientist and science writer. . . . He is thus exceptionally well placed to tell these stories, and he tells them with fervor and intelligence."—James Gleick, New York Times Book Review

High in the Canadian Rockies is a small limestone quarry formed 530 million years ago called the Burgess Shale. It hold the remains of an ancient sea where dozens of strange creatures lived—a forgotten corner of evolution preserved in awesome detail. In this book Stephen Jay Gould explores what the Burgess Shale tells us about evolution and the nature of history.
  

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User Review  - Emma - Goodreads

Good, but writing style a bit jumbled and too conversational for my taste. Content is superb. Read full review

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Horribly dull and extremely disappointing. Fails as both history and science. The Burgess Shale is indeed a very interesting scientific find, but this book does no justice to how interesting it is. Read full review

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Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
13
The Iconography of an Expectation
23
THE CRUCIAL EXPERIMENT
45
A Background for the Burgess Shale
53
THE CHRONOLOGY OF A TRANSFORMATION
97
The Burgess Drama
107
Homage to Opabinia 1975
124
The Success of a Research Team
136
Life after
172
Coda
206
THE Two GREAT PROBLEMS OF THE BURGESS SHALE
227
Walcotts Vision and the Nature of History
240
The Power of Just History
292
Bibliography
325
Credits
333
Copyright

Naraoia
164

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Stephen Jay Gould books (book reviews)
Reviews of Bully for Brontosaurus, Dinosaur in a Haystack, Ontogeny and Phylogeny, Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle and Wonderful Life
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About the author (1990)

Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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