June 13, 2016:
May 20, 2016:
- View over 1,000 items in the "Stephen J. Gould Rare Books Collection"
courtesy of Stanford University. The collection furnishes an
enormous amount of online content scanned from Gould's
personal library and his Harvard
- Added book profiles for The Panda's Thumb (1980),
Wonderful Life (1989),
Bully for Brontosaurus (1991),
Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms (1998),
The Lying Stones of Marrakech (2000), and
The Structure of Evolutionary Theory (2002).
- Added links to several Charlie Rose videos:
- Added links to Gould's 1975 review of "Darwin's big book," and
his 1981 essay "Hyena Myths and Realities." |
Priscilla Long's "Remembering Steve: A tribute to my friend Stephen Jay Gould" |
Michael Weisberg and Diane Paul's "Morton, Gould, and Bias" (2016) |
David DeGusta and Jason Lewis' "An evaluation of Michael’s analysis of Morton and Gould" |
Massimo Pigliucci's short piece on "Richard Dawkins," with some discussion of Gould |
Telmo Pievani's "Many ways of being human, the Stephen J. Gould’s legacy to Palaeo-Anthropology (2002-2012)," |
and Kenneth Miller's talk on winning the "Stephen Jay Gould Prize" from the Society for the Study of Evolution.
December 17, 2015:
December 7, 2015:
July 14, 2014:
December 16, 2011:
October 29, 2011:
- Stephen Jay Gould Papers Project Update: "The Manuscripts Division is pleased to announce the completion of the
physical processing of the Stephen Jay Gould papers. The first and largest accession of Gould's papers arrived at Stanford
University Libraries’ Department of Special Collections in 2004, with 8 smaller accessions following through early 2011.
The first phase of the processing project, which began in Fall of 2009, included a detailed processing of Gould's
correspondence, manuscripts, and juvenilia. Upon completion of these three series, the processing team switched gears to
complete basic arrangement and description of the remainder of Gould's papers. The Gould papers consist of 564.5 linear feet
of material, which includes over 850 boxes of textual material, approximately 450 audiovisual items, and 1,180 computer
media files (52 megabytes). A comprehensive finding aid is forthcoming, and will be published online in Fall 2011."
January 27, 2011:
Added September 26, 2010:
- Added a number of excellent essays by Stephen Jay Gould's, including:
"Punctuated Equilibrium—A Different Way of Seeing" (1982),
"The Panda's Thumb and the Orchid's Trap" (1978),
"Were dinosaurs dumb?" (1978),
"When the unorthodox prevails" (1978),
"Flaws in the Victorian veil" (1978),
"Species are not specious" (1979),
"A Natural Precision Designer" (1979),
"The Inexorable Tick of Time" (1979),
"Wide Hats and Narrow Minds" (1979),
"The Upright Ape" (1979),
"Darwin's Deceptive Memories" (1980),
"The Throwaway Male" (1980),
"One Standard Lifespan" (1979),
"A Nation of Morons" [PDF] (1982),
"Back to the Begining" (1980),
"What's Wrong with Marsupials?" (1980),
"The Chance that Shapes Our Ends" (1981),
"Of Turtle, Vets, Elephants and Castles" (1979),
"Smith Woodward's Folly" (1979),
"Women's Brains" (1979),
"Dr. Down's Syndrome" (1981),
"Another look at Lamarck" (1979);
"Do We Really Need the Census?" (1981),
all published in New Scientist and made available through Google.Books.
Added September 22, 2010:
Added June 19, 2009:
Added May 28, 2009:
Added May 27, 2009:
- The entire Cosmos series, featuring Carl Sagan, is now publicly available by Hulu.
- Gould fans might also like to know that several new books are out dealing with Gould's life and work, including
Stephen Jay Gould and the Politics of Evolution by David
F. Prindle (2009) [Review]; and
Stephen Jay Gould: Reflections on His View of Life edited by Patricia Kelley, Robert Ross, and Warren D. Allmon (2008). David Sepkoski and Michael Ruse have also
edited a book titled The Paleobiological Revolution (2009),
which deals with aspects of Gould's work, including punctuated equilibrium. You can read part of Stephen Jay Gould:
Reflections on His View of Life, including Warren D. Allmon's essay
"The Structure of Gould," Dana Geary's
"The Legacy of Punctated Equilibrium," David C. Kendrick's
"Top Tier," Philip Kitcher's
"Evolutionary Theory and the Social Uses of Biology" R.D.K. Thomas'
"Gould's Odyssey," and Bruce Lieberman's
"Stephen Jay Gould's Evolving Hierarchical Thoughts on Stasis," through Google Books.
- Sources have also revealed that the biography of Gould under
preparation by Frederic Golden (and NAS) will be severely delayed, possibly
Added January 14, 2009:
Added December 5, 2007:
Added September 30, 2007:
Added May 16, 2007:
Added May 15, 2007:
Added April 22, 2007:
Posted a link to Gould's "Eternal metaphors of paleontology,"
originally published in A. Hallam, Patterns of Evolution as Illustrated by the Fossil Record, Amsterdam,
Elsevier, 1977, pp. 1-26.
Added April 11, 2007:
- It was nice to see our website featured in Science magazine's
"Netwatch," edited by Mitch Leslie, on October 27, 2006.
[Science 314 (5799): 571.] A PDF of the
article can be downloaded
Added December 7, 2006:
Added November 21, 2006:
Added October 17, 2006:
Added October 16, 2006:
Added September 11, 2006:
Added August 13, 2006:
- I just found an interesting thesis paper titled The
Adventures of Punctuated Equilibria: A Struggle for Authority in the Evolutionary Sciences (1 MB) by Andrew
James Grimshaw. It is a fairly comprehensive history of the punctuated equilibrium debate, supplemented with
several comments by scientists who responded to the author's questionnaire. When I fist started reading the paper it
looked extremely promising, but as I read on it became apparent to me that
Mr. Grimshaw is a social constructionist, and a student of Bruno Latour.
Ouch. Too bad. But despite these only slight deficiencies, there is much good history here and it is well worth a
read. Here's the front
matter (141 KB), as well as the appendix (261 KB),
which contains the questionnaire. These files are in PDF and require the
Acrobat Adobe Reader.
Added August 3, 2006:
Added July 23, 2006:
Added July 13, 2006:
Added July 11, 2006:
- Added "On punctuated equilibria"
an exchange with Niles Eldredge, Stephen Jay Gould, Jerry Coyne, and Brian Charlesworth,
Science (1997); Niles Eldredge's
Dynamics of Evolutionary Stasis" (2004); Michael T. Ghiselin's review of Structure
"An Autobiographical Anatomy" (2002);
Hampton L. Carson's "review of
Ernst Mayr's What Evolution Is (2002);
an interview with Mayr from BioEssays (2002); and
Jared Diamond's obituary "Ernst Mayr (1904–2005)" in
- Also expanded the library to include a section on agency,
which attempts to define the target of selection. A lot of good material was found for this section including
Ernst Mayr's "The Objects of Selection,"
Richard Dawkins' "A Survival Machine,"
George C. Williams's "A Package of Information,"
David L. Hull's "Replicators and Interactors,"
and Peter Godfrey-Smith's "The Replicator in Retrospect."
- Through Google Book Search, I added Alfred Russel Wallace's
The Malay Archipelago
(1869) and his Contributions
to the Theory of Natural Selection (1871), St. George Mivart's
the Genesis of Species (1871), and George John Romanes'
and After Darwin (1892), to the book section.
Added June 26, 2006:
Added video links to Gould's
and James D. Watson and Edward O.
Wilson appearance on PBS's Charlie
Rose (courtesy of Google Video). Added several interviews to the
multimedia and interview pages, with much material
on E. O. Wilson. Significantly updated the Ernst Mayr page. Added a
link to Robert Wright's MeaningOfLife.tv, which houses numerous
video interviews with scientists and philosophers such as
John Maynard Smith,
E. O. Wilson,
Ursula Goodenough, and many
others. Added a link to The People Archives (which also contains video
interviews with scientists such as Ernst Mayr
and John Maynard Smith); and added Stephen Jay
Gould's classic essay "A Biological Homage to
Mickey Mouse" (1979).
Through Google Video, it is even possible
to watch Carl Sagan's complete
series Online for free. See episodes
The program has been reissued on DVD and updated with even more breathtaking imagery. This
wonderful set canand should, of course!be part of your home video library,
and can purchased through Amazon.com for $114.99.
- Also available is Richard Dawkins' "The Root of All Evil"
part I and
Stephen Hawking's Universe, episodes
video from James
Watsons' 2003 appearance on Charlie Rose; and Richard Feynman's
"The Pleasure of
Finding Things Out," (a 1981 interview).
- The Edge.org is also celebrating the
of The Selfish Gene. A large audio
file is available of the proceedings, with speakers Daniel Dennett, John Krebs,
Matt Ridley, Ian McEwan, and Richard Dawkins.
Added June 10, 2006:
Added June 1, 2006:
Added Janruary 10, 2006:
Added December 11, 2005.
Added October 21, 2005.
- Added the full text of A. C. Seward's Darwin and Modern Science,
a collection of essays printed in 1909 commemorating the centenary of Charles Darwin's birth, and 50 years of the
publication of On the Origin of Species. The volume includes contributions by August Weismann, Ernst Haeckel,
Adam Sedgwick, William Bateson, Hugo De Vries, Francis and George Darwin, and others.
Added January 26, 2005.
Added January 12, 2005.
- Added a link to Carl Zimmer's "'Bigger Is Better'
View of Evolution Gains Credence," which discusses new research on Cope's Rule (that size increases significantly throughout the
course of animal evolution). Gould made it well known that he was skeptical of this trendcalling it a "psychological artifact."
There is also an interesting piece
on Avida, also by Zimmer. So be sure to check that out as well.
News: July 5, 2004.
Added June 29, 2004:
Added May 10, 2004:
Added March 1, 2004:
Added February 28, 2004:
Added February 22, 2004:
Added February 16, 2004:
Added January 21, 2004:
Added November 2, 2003:
Added September 28, 2003:
News: August 30, 2003:
- A full biography of Stephen Jay Gould is under preparation by the National Academy of Sciences
(Joseph Henry Press label) under the authorship of Frederic Golden. Reports indicate that it will be
titled "Fossil Face": The Life and Times of
Stephen Jay Gould (2005).
[This project has been seriously delayed, and the publication date is unknown. ed. 6/12/08]
Added June 8, 2003:
Added March 25, 2003:
Added February 21, 2003:
News: February 20, 2003:
- The latest issue of Skeptic
(Vol. 9 No. 4) honors Stephen Jay Gould, with articles by Richard Milner and Michael
Shermer. (Read the text of Shermer's "This View of Science"
News: February 18, 2003:
- It has become a common practice for Creationist groups to construct
of several scientists who reject the theory of evolution, presumably to persuade
the public that the theory is undergoing "crisis." In a response of sorts, the
National Center for Science Education has given us
"Project Steve," a tongue-in-cheek
of 220 scientists with the
name "Steve" who hold just the opposite opinion. The name Steve was chosen "in honor of the
late Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), a supporter of NCSE and a valiant opponent of creationism."
Added January 28, 2003:
Added January 10, 2003:
- Posted a "Web FAQ" and changed the title a bit.
Added November 15, 2002:
Added November 11, 2002:
Added October 28, 2002:
Added October 25, 2002:
Added October 14, 2002:
- Added an audio clip
from Stephen Jay Gould's appearance on "The Connection."
Added October 14, 2002:
Added October 6, 2002:
Added October 5, 2002:
Added October 1, 2002:
Added September 30, 2002:
Added September 29, 2002:
Added September 15, 2002:
Added September 13, 2002:
Added September 12, 2002:
Added September 11, 2002:
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