I Have Landed The End of a Beginning in Natural History [Pdf/E–book]


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  • I Have Landed The End of a Beginning in Natural History
  • Stephen Jay Gould
  • English
  • 04 September 2018
  • 9781400048045

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    Stephen Jay Gould ✓ 8 Free download I Have Landed The End of a Beginning in Natural History [Pdf/E–book] Why Not in Wonderland?Once again I have taken up a book of Stephen Jay Gould's essays There is no doubt that he was one of the best essayists of our times writing with humor intelligence and feeling But there is one theme that comes up far too often in his later essays to be ignored This theme is best summarized in his own words these two great tools of human understanding science and religion operate in a complementary not con

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    characters ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Stephen Jay Gould Stephen Jay Gould ✓ 8 Free download I Have Landed The End of a Beginning in Natural History [Pdf/E–book] Gould overcomitted himself to a number of big ideas over the course of his career including but not limited to punctuated euilibrium

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    I Have Landed The End of a Beginning in Natural History [Pdf/E–book] characters ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Stephen Jay Gould Stephen Jay Gould's collections of essays on natural history found me at the right moment in my twenties when I had plenty of time to read and a mind that was primed for his wisdom Now that I'm entering my sixth decade it's a comfort to me to be able to still reach for him and while I think the professor has a lot less to teach me n

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    I Have Landed The End of a Beginning in Natural History [Pdf/E–book] Stephen Jay Gould ✓ 8 Free download characters ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Stephen Jay Gould This is the tenth and final collection of essays from Stephen Jay Gould with most of these essays coming from his regular monthly essay in Natural History magazine And I am uite sorry that I have read all of the collections for that means an era has ended in my reading life But these essays in this current volume most having to do with some aspect of natural history and or evolution are very good and in some cases very personal;

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    I Have Landed The End of a Beginning in Natural History [Pdf/E–book] Gould is one of the all time great essayists and this final volume of his work in the form is well worth picking upSome of the essays are as good as anything he ever wrote I'd point at the title essay The First Day of the Rest of Our Life and T

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    characters I Have Landed The End of a Beginning in Natural History Stephen Jay Gould ✓ 8 Free download I Have Landed The End of a Beginning in Natural History [Pdf/E–book] I enjoy reading Gould and respect his efforts to avoid dumbing down and oversimplifying discussions in his essays but I do believe his description of himself as a street kid is fairly silly and he does insist on

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    Stephen Jay Gould ✓ 8 Free download characters ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Stephen Jay Gould characters I Have Landed The End of a Beginning in Natural History The usual mixture of essays Most of them connected in one way or another to Darwin He mentions that Origin was published in 1859 probably around 50 times Some personal stuff like the title about his grandfather arriving in America on 911 in

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I Have Landed The End of a Beginning in Natural History

characters I Have Landed The End of a Beginning in Natural History Summary I Have Landed The End of a Beginning in Natural History 108 Here is bestselling scientist Stephen Jay Gould's tenth and final collection based on his remarkable series for Natural History magazine exactly 300 consecutive essays with never a month missed published from 1974 to 2001 Both an intellectually thrilling journey into the nature of scientific discovery and the most personal book he has ever published I Have Landed marks the end of a significant chapter in the career of one of the most acclaimed and widely read scientists of our time Gould writes about the themes that have defined his career which his readers have come to expect and celebrate casting new light upon them and conveying the ideas that science professionals exchange among themselves minus the technical jargon Here of course is Charles Darwin from his centrality to any sound scientific education to little known facts about his life Gould touches on subjects as far reaching and disparate as feathered dinosaurs the scourge of syphilis and the frustration of the man who identified it and Freud's evolutionary fantasy He writes brilliantly of Nabokov's delicately crafted drawings of butterflies and the true meaning of biological diversity And in the poignant title essay he details his grandfather's journey from Hungary to America where he arrived on September 11 1901 It is from his grandfather's journal entry of that day stating simply I have landed. Stephen Jay Gould s collections of essays on natural history found me at the right moment in my twenties when I had plenty of time to read and a mind that was primed for his wisdom Now that I m entering my sixth decade it s a comfort to me to be able to still reach for him and while I think the professor has a lot less to teach me now I like to think it s because many of those lessons actually got through to meWhat makes the essays remarkable is not that they offer laypersons a deeper understanding and appreciation for natural history although they do exactly that It s that Gould has a tremendous knack for imparting lessons in scientific method scientific progress and morality from his vast knowledge of the history of science And in the process you learn to share his love of Joyce s Ulysses Gilbert Sullivan Richard Wagner Robert Frost the Yankees and of course Darwin Lamarck Huxley Any fan of Gould s will see great repetition in these essays in both manner and substance But that doesn t make the stories any less captivating and it doesn t make the writing any less fabulousSome classic SJ We must always struggle to avoid the primary error of historiography the anachronistic use of later conclusions to judge the cogency of an earlier claimGreat works of science condemn themselves to oblivion as they open floodgates to reforming knowledge while classics of literature can never lose relevanceAll historical studies whether of human biography or of evolutionary lineages in biology potentially suffer from this presentist fallacy Modern chroniclers know the outcomes that actually unfolded as unpredictable conseuences of past events and they often and inappropriately judge the motives and actions of their subjects in terms of futures unknowable at the timeThe vigorous branching of life s tree and not the accumulating valor of mythical marches to progress lies behind the persistence and expansion of organic diversity in our tough and constantly stressful world And he never fails to have a few Carl Sagan moments I do not pretend to know why the documentation of unbroken heredity through generations of forebears brings us so swiftly to tears and to such a secure sense of rightness definition membership and meaning I simply accept the primal emotional power we feel when we manage to embed ourselves into something much largerAnd embedded in these larger lessons there are always a million historical bits The great Linnaeus tried extending his very effective classification schemes for species into a clumsy binomial system for rocks and his categorization of human races were pretty awful Freud speculated on some batshit ideas rooted in Lamarckian theory Nabokov was for six years a very effective research fellow studying butterflies Darwin would not use the label evolution given that in his time it meant predictable and directional unfolding This particular volume was the last of his collections to be published so I read it with than the usual amount of nostalgia Gould naturally had a good sense of his own mortality understood his place in the cosmos and had an unparalleled grasp of chance and contingency I will never run out of unkept promises or miles to walk and that I may even continue to sprinkle the journey remaining before sleep with a new idea or twoI get a lump in my throat reading that even nowThe interesting bit is that Gould may very well one day become a footnote in the history of paleontology as the co author of a lesser appreciated theory of the punctuated nature of evolution But in so many of these essays he aims to lift the legacies of the forgotten and debunked scholars from centuries past I have no idea how his contributions to his field will be seen by those on the cutting edge Gould understood well that most scholars by the time they are in their old age are forced to witness their own decline But I expect he felt very lucky too and that comes through in his writingMy point here is really that his essays are a wonderful legacy And hell I m pretty sure he was on a Simpsons episode once You could do a lot worse Rest in peace Stephen and thanks for leaving behind your words

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characters I Have Landed The End of a Beginning in Natural History Summary I Have Landed The End of a Beginning in Natural History 108 That the book's title was drawn This landing occurred 100 years to the day before our greatest recent tragedy also explored but with optimism in the concluding section of the book Presented in eight parts I Have Landed begins with a remembrance of a moment of wonder from childhood In Part II Gould explains that humanistic disciplines are not antithetical to theoretical or applied sciences Rather they often share a commonality of method and motivation with great potential to enhance the achievements of each other an assertion perfectly supported by essays on such notables as Nabokov and Frederic Church Part III contains what no Gould collection would be complete without his always compelling mini intellectual biographies which render each subject and his work deserving of reevaluation and renewed significance In this collection of figures compelling and strange Gould exercises one of his greatest strengths the ability to reveal a significant scientific concept through a finely crafted and sympathetic portrait of the person behind the science Turning his pen to three key figures Sigmund Freud Isabelle Duncan and E Ray Lankester the latter an unlikely attendee of the funeral of Karl Marx he highlights the effect of the Darwinian revolution and its resonance on their lives and work Part IV encourages the reader through what Gould calls intellectual paleonto. Gould is one of the all time great essayists and this final volume of his work in the form is well worth picking upSome of the essays are as good as anything he ever wrote I d point at the title essay The First Day of the Rest of Our Life and The Great Physiologist of Heidelberg in particular Others especially the shorter ones not written for Natural History magazine are a bit thin Still the good definitely outweighs the less goodThe final section a uartet of essays written in response to the September 11th attacks is both beautiful and deeply deeply sad Gould died less than a year after the attacks it was a tragedy to lose him but in some ways it s almost a mercy that his vision of the generosity of the people of Halifax his gratitude for the bravery of rescue workers and those that support them and his call to record and honor the victorious weight of these innumerable little kindnesses never had to run headlong into the unjustified uagmire of the Ira War the rise of Islamophobia and the apotheosis of human crudity that is Donald Trump All in all a fitting end to one of the great literary careers of the 20th century

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characters I Have Landed The End of a Beginning in Natural History Summary I Have Landed The End of a Beginning in Natural History 108 Logy to consider scientific theories of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in a new light and to recognize the limitations our own place in history may impose on our understanding of those ideas Part V explores the op ed genre and includes two essays with differing linguistic formats which address the continual tug of war between the study of evolution and creationism In subseuent essays in true Gould fashion we are treated to moments of good humor especially when he leads us to topics that bring him obvious delight such as Dorothy Sayers novels and his enduring love of baseball and all its dramas There is an ardent admiration of the topsy turvy world of Gilbert and Sullivan wonderfully demonstrated in the jacket illustration who are not above inclusion in all things evolutionary This is truly Gould's most personal work to date How fitting that this final collection should be his most revealing and in content the one that reflects most clearly the complexity breadth of knowledge and optimism that characterize Gould himself I Have Landed succeeds in reinforcing Gould's underlying and constant theme from the series' commencement thirty years ago the study of our own scientific intellectual and emotional evolution bringing reader and author alike to what can only be described as a brilliantly written and very natural conclusion From the Hardcover editi. The tenth and final collectionI was a little bit disconcerted when I saw the title of this Stephen Jay Gould s last collection of essays I thought has he anticipated his own sadly premature death with the metaphoric I Have Landed or is this a kind of melancholy coincidence or perhaps I am reading into the title something different from what it warrantsAs it turns out I Have Landed is not a reference to the Lethe shore of the poet but a reference to his grandfather s arrival at Ellis Island on September 11 1901 exactly to the day one century before the attack on the World Trade Center in New York It is from this coincidence that Gould embarks upon some musings that form the touchstone for this his tenth and last collection of essaysHe is a man who will be sorely missed a complete original at once the very embodiment of a meticulous scientist and an establishment New York liberal He is one of our greatest essayists a humanist and a uintessentially rational man who has often argued in favor of the value and importance of religious thought Born in modest circumstance descendent of Hungarian immigrants as was another of our most prolific writers Isaac Asimov he fell in love as he recounts in these pages with the NYC Museum of National History as a child and never lost his love for the odd little tidbits nor his sense of himself as a natural historian He is a student of snails p 324 a classical nerd shorter than average p 246 who spent time at the Hayden Planetarium and the Tyrannosaurus exhibition than he did playing his beloved baseball a paleontologist who became not only a gifted essayist but an international celebrityIt s a neat trick what Stephen Jay Gould has done with his life and it is a neat trick that he chose if I may to leave this vale of tears almost immediately after finishing not just this book but significantly The Structure of Evolutionary Theory the life work of his mature years twenty years in the making and 1500 pages in the printing It has been noted that people typically die after a long illness not the day before Christmas or the day before their birthday or the day before the christening of their youngest grandchild but the day after And the very great choose to leave us only after they have finished some compelling project to which they have devoted the last years of their life Gould remarked in the Preface on the coincidence of his finishing these twin projects together in time for publication in the palindromic year of 2002 how he loves the odd fact the detail that others might miss and how he rejoices in sharing such tidbits while recalling the earlier conjunction of the near simultaneous publication of his first book of collected essays Ever Since Darwin and his first technical book for professional colleagues Ontogeny and Phylogeny in 1977 I wonder if he knew that these would be the bookends of his lifeThis collection is touted on the blurb as the most personal book he has ever published nonetheless it is very much like the nine other collections There is the usual intricate and sometimes whimsical analysis of a bewildering range of subjects anchored to natural history with of course some asides on baseball The style has gotten a trifle ornate the ualifications upon ualifications a bit belabored the subordinated clauses in the parallel construction of his architectured sentences a bit in number but otherwise he is still the same man ponderously thorough and passionately alive in argument and analysisSome old subjects the limitations of reduction in the biological sciences the misleading popularizations of evolutionary ideas the excessive ink the dinosaurs get the delusion of racism etc are returned to and reworked There is a convincing argument in favor of Vladimir Nabokov as a scientist in addition to his work as a literary artist There is a return to Freud and his evolutionary fantasy Freud could not shake himself from a Lamarckian view There is a look into the origin and meaning and misuse of such words as syphilis and evolution noting respectively that science has done a poor job of treating syphilis and that the meaning of evolution has changed Darwin did not use the word in the first edition of Origin of Species although as Gould notes he ended the book slyly with the word evolvedLess anyone think that Gould is all learning and little insight a laughable idea considering his contributions to evolutionary theory his punctuated euilibria and his spandrels to name the best known consider this salient and to some extent self addressed uestion from page 4 How do scientists and other researchers blast and bumble toward their complex mixture of conclusions great factual discoveries of enduring worth mixed with unconscious social prejudices of astonishing transparency to later generations How indeed do we escape the prejudices of our times and to what extent does this apply to Gould himselfThere are drawings and black and white prints and in all 39 chapters in this handsome book Gould ends where he began with his grandfather Papa Joe with thoughts about New York and its people adorned with the majestic cadences of Ecclesiastes To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven A time to be born and a time to die a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is plantedAnd a time to be landed Gould no doubt has landed not on the Lethe shore but near the Cambrian sea where he might take a closer look at those myriad creatures to which he devoted so much of his life and from which he learned so much that he was able to share with us Dennis Littrell author of Understanding Evolution and Ourselves