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Books on Reserve by Stephen Jay Gould

Selected Bibliography of other Works by Stephen Jay Gould

Selected Bibliography of works about Stephen Jay Gould





Books on Reserve by Stephen Jay Gould

These books will be held on reserve at the Meyer Library Reserve Desk until the end of Fall Quarter 1998.

Bully for Brontosaurus
Bully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History. N.Y.: Norton, 1991. (Also in Falconer Biology Library at Stanford: QH45.5.G68 1991.)
The fifth volume of collected essays from his "This View of Life" series published in Natural History. Includes 35 essays from a span of six years and thus represents a more rigorously pruned selection than the compilations published earlier in this series. Hence, this is arguably the finest collection of Gould's shorter pieces.
Dinosaur in a Haystack
Dinosaur in a Haystack. N.Y.: Harmony Books, 1995. (Also in Falconer Biology Library at Stanford: QH366.2.G659 1995.)
The seventh volume of collected essays. With the essays included here Gould passed the milestone of having completed 20 years of "This View of Life" essays for Natural History, without missing a single month. The topics represented by these essays range include evolutionary theory, the transformation of natural history museums into theme parks, Edgar Allan Poe's textbook on shells, Tennysons "In Memoriam," "Jurassic Park," and the Wannsee Protocol, which documents Hitler's "final solution" for the extermination of European Jewry.

Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History. N.Y.: Norton, 1993. (Also in Falconer Biology Library at Stanford: QH45.5.G66 1993.)
Gould's sixth volume of essays.

Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History. N.Y.: Norton, 1977. (Also in Green Library at Stanford: QH361.G65 1977.)
The first compilation of essays written for the "This View of Life" series in Natural History. Gould wrote these 33 essays between 1974 and 1977.

The Flamingo's Smile: Reflections in Natural History. N.Y.: Norton, 1985. (Also in Falconer Biology Library at Stanford: QH81.G673 1985.)
The fourth in the series of essays originally appearing in Natural History.

Full House
Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin. N.Y.: Harmony Books, 1996. (Also in Green Library at Stanford: QH366.2 .G6593 1996.) Also available as an "audio book" read by Efram Zimbalist, Jr., and published in 1996 by Dove Audio.
An extended essay, or series of essays, on biological evolution and its implications for cultural ideas about progress. Gould locates this topic in a discussion of the distribution statistics of variation and the directional implications of trends, which he applies (or derives) from his analysis of the decline of the .400 hitter in baseball, his own experience with a rare form of cancer, the evolution of horses, and other topics.

Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes: Further Reflections in Natural History. N.Y.: Norton, 1983. (Also in Falconer Biology Library and in Meyer Library at Stanford: QH366.2 .G66 1983.)
The third in the series of essays from Natural History. The essays in this volume are particularly concerned with Gould's opposition to creationist science and other implications of evolution for society and culture.

The Mismeasure of Man. N.Y.: Norton, 1996. (Also in Education Library at Stanford: BF431.G68 1996.)
Gould's historical critique of the notion that intelligence can be summarized quantitatively by a single, measurable value, and that the intelligence of individuals (and groups) can be ranked according to this number. Gould treats this notion as the sine qua non of biological and hereditary theories of intelligence, particularly those that focus upon inheritance as explaining racial differences. Revised and expanded from the 1981 edition (winner of both the American Book Award for Science and the National Book Critics Circle Award), this edition adds five essays, including Gould's previously published review of Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray's The Bell Curve (1994).

Ontogeny and Phylogeny. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press, 1977.
Gould's examination of the historical, philosophical and scientific dimensions of the biology of individual development, inspired by Ernst Haeckel's 19th-century doctrine that embryonic stages of development move through phases of phyletic evolution: "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny."

The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History. N.Y.: Norton, 1980. (Also in Meyer Library: QH361.G66 1982.)
The second in Gould's series of essays for Natural History. Winner of the 1981 American Book Award for Science.

Questioning the Millenium
Questioning the Millenium: A Rationalist's Guide to a Precisely Arbitrary Countdown. N.Y.: Harmony Books, 1997.
Gould's thoughts on the history and cultural significance of the concept of the millenium, with particular attention to issues of chronology and the cultural meaning of the ongoing debate about whether millennia (and centuries) begin in the year ending with '00 or '01.

Stephen Jay Gould: This View of Life. (Videorecording) Paramus, N.J.: Time-Life Video, 1984.
A profile of Gould's work originally broadcast in December of 1984 in the NOVA science documentary series on PBS. Available in the Meyer audiovisual collection on videotape.

Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle: Myth and Metaphor in the Discovery of Geological Time. Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1987.
The history of geology from Burnet to Lyell and its impact on cultural notions of the scale of geologic time, summarized by Gould as the "discovery of deep time."

An Urchin in the Storm: Essays about Books and Ideas. N.Y.: W. W. Norton, 1987.
A collection of Gould's book reviews, re-issued (with one exception) from The New York Review of Books. The reviews are concerned with a variety of topics drawn from biology and geology and their impacts on society and culture.

Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History. N.Y.: W.W. Norton, 1989. (Also in Falconer Biology Library at Stanford:QE770 .G67 1989.)
Gould's detailed account of the discovery and interpretation of the fossil record of the Burgess Shale site, a limestone quarry in British Columbia. It offers in one package the history of the discovery and interpretation in 1909 by Charles Doolittle Walcott of the Smithsonian Institution and subsequent scientific work, an account of the subsequent reinterpretation of the Burgess fossils by Harry Whittington and others in the 1970s, and Gould's take on the lessons to be learned from both the story and the fossils themselves.


Selected Bibliography of Other Works by Stephen Jay Gould


This bibliography is neither a complete nor a rigorously systematic listing of Gould's published work. Instead, it seeks to represent the diversity and range of his interests and audience while providing inquiring readers with different starting-points for an exploration of his writings. It does not include the 280 essays that have appeared in the "This View of Life" series in Natural History through the July/August 1998 issue.

"The great asymmetry: science and morality." Science 279 (Feb. 1998): 812-13.

"Evolution: the Pleasures of Pluralism." New York Review of Books 44 (June 26, 1997): 47-52. Gould's response to Daniel Dennett's Darwin's Dangerous Idea and a continuation of "Darwinian Fundamentalism" below.

"Darwinian Fundamentalism." New York Review of Books (June 12, 1997): 34-37. Followed by responses to Robert Wright and Daniel C. Dennett's criticisms of "Darwinian Fundamentalism" New York Review of Books (Aug. 14, 1997): 64-65; and by a response to Steven Pinker, New York Review of Books (Oct. 9, 1997): 55-58.

"Self-help for a Hedgehog Stuck on a Molehill: Struggle to Inform the Public about Darwinian Evolution." Evolution 51 (June 1997): 1020-23. Review of Richard Dawkins, Climbing Mount Improbable. N.Y.: Norton, 1996.

"Cope's Rule as Psychological artefact." Nature 385 (Jan. 1997): 199-200.

"The Shape of Life." Art Journal (Spring 1996): 44-46.

"Creating the creators: if creation demands a visionary creator, then how does blind evolution manage to build such splendid new things as ourselves?" Discover 17 (Oct. 1996): 43-54.

"Keynote Address (In the Company of Animals)." Social Research 62 (Fall 1995): 609-38. Edited transcript of Gould's keynote address at a conference in New York City, held April 6, 1995.

"Good Sports & Bad." New York Review of Books 42 (March 2, 1995): 20-24. Annual review of baseball books.

"'What is Life?' As a Problem in History." In: M. P. Murphy and L. A. J. O'Neill, eds., What is Life? The Next Fifty Years. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995. Pp. 25-39.

"Jurassic Park." In: M. C. Carnes, ed., Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies. N.Y.: Henry Holt, 1995. Pp. 31-35.

"Ladders and Cones: Constraining Evolution by Canonical Icons." In: R. B. Silvers, ed., Hidden Histories of Science. N.Y.: New York Review of Books, 1995. Pp. 37-67.

"Curveball." New Yorker 70 (Nov. 28, 1994): 139-49. His review of The Bell Curve, also available in Steven Fraser, ed., The Bell Curve Wars: Race, Intelligence, and the Future of America (N.Y.: BasicBooks, 1995); and in a slightly revised version in The Mismeasure of Man (2d ed. 1996).

"The geometer of race." Discover 15 (Nov. 1994):64-69.

"The evolution of life on the earth." Scientific American 271 (Oct. 1994): 85-91.

"Tempo and mode in the macroevolutionary reconstruction of Darwinism." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States 91 (July 1994): 6764-71.

"Ernst Mayr and the centrality of species." Evolution 48 (Feb. 1994): 31-35.

"Punctuated equilibrium comes of age." Nature 366 (Nov. 1993): 223-27.

"O Holy Cow! The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto." New York Review of Books 40 (Nov. 1993): 60-65.

"Dinomania: Review of 'Jurassic Park' written by Michael Crichton and directed by Steven Spielberg." New York Review of Books 40 (August 12, 1993): 51-56A.

"What is a species?: Endangered Species Act based on unclear scientific definition." Discover 13 (Dec. 1992): 40-44.

"The confusion over evolution." New York Review of Books 39 (Nov. 19, 1992): 47-54.

"Dreams that Money Can Buy." New York Review of Books 39 (Nov. 5, 1992): 41-45. Annual review of baseball books.

"Impeaching a Self-Appointed Judge." Scientific American 267 (July 1992): 118-21. Review of Phillip E. Johnson, Darwin on Trial. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Gateway, 1991. Includes clear statements of Gould's ideas on the relationship between science and religion.

"Ontogeny and phylogeny-revisited and reunited." BioEssays 14 (April 1992): 275-79.

"The Paradox of Genius." Nature 355 (Jan. 1992):215-216. Review of Darwin by A. Desmond and J. Moore.

"The H and Q of Baseball." New York Review of Books 38, no. 17 (1991): 47-52. Annual review of baseball books.

"Exaptation: A Crucial Tool for an Evolutionary Psychology." Journal of Social Issues 47, no. 3 (1991): 43-65.

(With Rosamond Wolff Purcell, photographer.) Finders, Keepers: Treasures And Oddities Of Natural History, Collectors From Peter The Great. N.Y.: W.W.Norton, 1991.

"Achieving the Impossible Dream: Ted Williams and .406". In: Dick Johnson, ed., Ted Williams: A Portrait in Words and Pictures. N.Y., Walker and Company, 1991. Pp. 65-70.

"The Virtues of Nakedness." New York Review of Books 37 (Oct. 11, 1990): 3-7. Annual review of baseball books.

"Taxonomy as Politics." Dissent (Winter 1990): 73-78.

(With D. S. Woodruff.) "History as the Cause of Area Effects: An Illustration from Cerion on Great Inagua, Bahamas." Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 40 (1990): 67-98.

"Staying the Course with Honor." Pp. 138-44 in: C. Fadiman, ed., Living Philosophies: The Reflections of Some Eminent Men and Women of Our Time. N.Y.: Doubleday, 1990.

"A developmental constraint in Cerion, with comments on the definition and interpretation of constraint in evolution." Evolution 43 (May 1989): 516-39.

"Church, Humboldt and Darwin: The Tension and Harmony of Art and Science." In: F. Kelly, ed., Frederic Edwin Church. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Inst. Press, 1989. Pp. 94-107.

"Streak of Streaks." New York Review of Books (Aug.18, 1988): 8-12. Annual essay review of baseball books.

"The Ontogeny of Sewall Wright and the Phylogeny of Evolution". Isis 79 (June 1988):273-281. Essay Review of William B. Provine, Sewall Wright and Evolutionary Biology.

(With Niles Eldredge)."Punctuated equilibrium prevails: Ordovician paleontology." Nature 332 (March. 1988): 211-12.

"On Replacing the Idea of Progress with an Operational Notion of Directionality." In: M. H. Nitecki, ed., Evolutionary Progress. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1988. Pp. 319-38.

"Darwinism Defined: The Difference between Fact and Theory." Discover 8 (1987): 64-70.

(With Rosamond Wolff Purcell, photographer.) Illuminations: A Bestiary. N.Y.: W. W. Norton, 1986.

"Mickey Mantle." Sport (Dec. 1986): 74-81.

(With Niles Eldredge). "Punctuated Equilibrium at the Third Stage." Systematic Zoology 35 (1986): 143-48.

"The Architectural Panorama." Architecture (May 1986): 168-71.

"Evolution and Systematics Of Cerion (Mollusca: Pulmonata) On New Providence Island : A Radical Revision." Bulletin Of The American Museum Of Natural History 182 (Feb 1986): 389-490

"Evolution and the Triumph of Homology, or, Why History Matters." American Scientist (Jan.-Feb. 1986): 60-69.

"The Median Isn't the Message." Discover (June 1985): 40-42.

"On the Origin of Specious Critics." Discover (Jan. 1985): 34-42. Critique of the anti-science of Jeremy Rifkin.

Ehrlich, Paul R., et al., "Long-Term Biological Consequences of Nuclear War." Science 222 (1983): 1293-1300. Gould contributed to this essential statement of the expected impact of a large-scale nuclear war on the Earth's biological systems and, as a result, on the survival of human civilization.

"Losing the Edge: The Extinction of the .400 Hitter." Vanity Fair (March 1983): 120, 264-78.

"Creationism: Genesis vs. Geology." Atlantic (Sept. 1982): 10-17.

"Darwinism and the Expansion of Evolutionary Theory." Science 216 (1982): 380-87.

"In Praise of Charles Darwin." Discover 3, no. 2 (1982): 20-25.

"Born Against Creationism." Science for the People 13, no. 5 (1981): 10-11.

"G. G. Simpson, Paleontology and the Modern Synthesis." In: Ernst Mayr and William Provine, eds., The Evolutionary Synthesis. Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1980. Pp. 153-72.

"The Evolutionary Biology of Constraint." Daedalus 109, no. 2 (1980): 39-52.

"Is a New and General Theory of Evolution Emerging?" Paleobiology 6 (1980): 119-30.

(With R. C. Lewontin). "The Spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian Paradigm: A Critique of the Adaptationist Programme." Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 205 (1979): 581-98.

"Agassiz's Marginalia in Lyell's Principles, or, the Perils of Uniformity and the Ambiguity of Heroes." In: William Coleman and Camille Limoges, eds., Studies in the History of Biology. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1979. Pp. 119-38.

"Sociobiology: The Art of Storytelling." New Scientist 80 (1978): 530-33.

"Morton's Ranking of Races by Cranial Capacity." Science 200 (1978): 503-509.

(With Niles Eldredge). "Punctuated Equilibria: The Tempo and Mode of Evolution Reconsidered." Paleobiology 3 (1977): 115-51.

"Darwin's Big Book." Science 188 (1975): 824-26.

Lift Up Thy Voice with Strength: The First 100 Years of the Cecilia Society. Boston: Red Sun Press, 1975.

"On Biological and Social Determinism." History of Science 12 (1974): 212-20. Essay review of K. M. Ludmerer, Genetics and American Society.

(With Niles Eldridge). "Punctuated Equilibria: An Alternative to Phyletic Gradualism." In: Thomas J. M. Shopf, ed., Models in Paleobiology. San Francisco: Freeman, Cooper and Co., 1972. Pp. 82-115.

"D'Arcy Thompson and the Science of Form." New Literary History II:2 (1971): 229-58.

"Private Thoughts of Lyell on Progression and Evolution." Science 169 (1970): 663-64.

"An Evolutionary Microcosm: Pleistocene and Recent History of the Land Snail P. (Poecilozonites) in Bermuda." Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University 138 (1969): 407-531.

"Pleistocene and Recent History of the Subgenus Poecilozonites (Poecilozonites) (Gastropoda: Pulmonata) in Bermuda: An Evolutionary Microcosm." Ph.D. diss., Columbia Univ., 1967.

"Is Uniformitarianism Necessary?" American Journal of Science 263 (1965): 223-28. Followed by "Reply to C. R. Longwell's Criticism of 'Is Uniformitarianism Necessary?'" Pp. 919-21.


Selected Bibliography of works about Stephen Jay Gould


Beardsley, Tim. "Punctuated equilibrium: Darwin survives as the debate evolves." Scientific American 262 (March 1990): 36-38.

Bethell, Tom. "Good as Gould : Stephen Jay Gould's discourse on evolutionary biology." American Spectator 24 (August 1991): 9-11.

Brockman, John. The Third Culture. N.Y.: Simon & Schuster, 1995. Gould is included in this compilation of essays about representatives of what Brockman, a literary agent, has called the "third culture"--the turf occupied by scientists able through their accessible writing about science to transcend the divide between the "two cultures" of the humanities and sciences originally postulated by C. P. Snow.

Brookes, Martin, "May the Best Man Win." New Scientist (April 11, 1998): 51. A tongue-in-cheek evaluation of Gould's debates with Steven Pinker and Richard Dawkins on "evolutionary psychology."

Clark, Stephen R. L. "Does the Burgess Shale have moral implications?" Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 36 (Dec. 1993): 357-80. Focuses on the implications of Gould's Wonderful Life for moral philosophy and theology.

Clark, Thomas W. "Faith, science, and the soul: on the pragmatic virtues of naturalism." Humanist 53 (May-June 1993): 7-12. Comments on Gould's strict separation of the realms of religion and science.

Gleick, James. "Breaking Tradition with Darwin," New York Times (Nov. 23, 1983). A substantial and intelligently written profile of Gould by one of America's leading science writers.

Horgan, John. "Escaping in a cloud of ink." Scientific American 273 (August 1995): 37-39.

Leonard, Wilbert M., II. "The decline of the .400 hitter: an explanation and a test." Journal of Sport Behavior 18 (Sept. 1995): 226-36. Examines the validity of Gould's explanation for the decline of .400 hitting in baseball.

Mark, Robert. "Architecture and evolution: scientific metaphors." American Scientist 84 (July-August 1996): 383ff. Rebuttal of Gould and Lewontin's reliance on the architectural metaphor of the spandrel in their critique of strict reliance on the mechanism of adaptation in evolution.

Masur, Louis P. "Stephen Jay Gould's vision of history." Massachusetts Review 30, Fall 1989: 467-84.

McRae, Murdo William. "Stephen Jay Gould and the contingent nature of history." CLIO 22 (Spring 1993): 239-50.






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