Anthropology

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  1. Book ImageExtinction: Bad Genes or Bad Luck?

    David M. Raup, Stephen Jay Gould

    This is the first major book to present a comprehensive overview of the current state of extinction studies. At the end of the journey, Raup has put forward the best science of the day to answer the question posed by the title: Bad genes or bad luck?
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  2. Book ImageThe Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History

    Stephen Jay Gould

    "Gould is a natural writer; he has something to say and the inclination and skill with which to say it." —P. B. Medawar, New York Review of BooksMore

  3. Book ImageEver Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History

    Stephen Jay Gould

    More than any other modern scientists, Stephen Jay Gould has opened up to millions the wonders of evolutionary biology. His genius as an essayist lies in his unmatched ability to use his knowledge of the world, including popular culture, to illuminate the realm of science.More

  4. Book ImageBully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History

    Stephen Jay Gould

    "Provocative and delightfully discursive essays on natural history. . . . Gould is the Stan Musial of essay writing. He can work himself into a corkscrew of ideas and improbable allusions paragraph after paragraph and then, uncoiling, hit it with such power that his fans know they are experiencing the game of essay writing at its best."--John Noble Wilford, New York Times Book Review
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  5. Book ImageWonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    Stephen Jay Gould

    "[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 ReviewMore

  6. Book ImageAn Urchin in the Storm: Essays about Books and Ideas

    Stephen Jay Gould

    "What pleasure to see the dishonest, the inept, and the misguided deftly given their due, while praise is lavished on the deserving—for reasons well and truly stated."—Kirkus ReviewsMore

  7. Book ImageNew Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers: Tales of Parasites and People

    Robert S. Desowitz

    The medical tapestry of the world is full of organisms too small to see, carried by flying and creeping creatures too numerous to eradicate.
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  8. Book ImageThe Flamingo's Smile: Reflections in Natural History

    Stephen Jay Gould

    "Gould himself is a rare and wonderful animal—a member of the endangered species known as the ruby-throated polymath. . . . [He] is a leading theorist on large-scale patterns in evolution . . . [and] one of the sharpest and most humane thinkers in the sciences." --David Quammen, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  9. Book ImageThe Mute Stones Speak: The Story of Archaeology in Italy

    Paul MacKendrick

    Second Edition

    "MacKendrick writes so enthusiastically that all laymen who have a serious interest in scholarship and antiquity will delight in following his story." --New York Times Book ReviewMore

  10. Book ImageThe Greek Stones Speak: The Story of Archaeology in Greek Lands

    Paul MacKendrick

    Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged

    "Paul MacKendrick has a thrilling tale to tell. . . . His book is for those who want an authoritative exposition of what archaeologists are accomplishing in Greek lands."--New York Times Book ReviewMore

  11. Book ImageWarrior Herdsmen

    Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

    The absorbing chronicle of an expedition to the tribesmen of northern Uganda.More

  12. Book ImageThe Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

    James D. Watson, Gunther S. Stent

    Since its publication in 1968, The Double Helix has given countless readers a rare and exciting look at one highly significant piece of scientific research—Watson and Crick's race to discover the molecular structure of DNA. In this Norton Critical Edition, Watson's lively and irreverent account is placed in historical perspective by Gunther Stent's introduction and by retrospective views from two major figures in the adventure, Francis Crick and Linus Pauling, and by Rosalind Franklin's last student, Aaron Klug.More

  13. Book ImageWorker in the Cane: A Puerto Rican Life History

    Sidney W. Mintz

    This is the absorbing story of Don Taso, a Puerto Rican sugar cane worker, and of his family and the village in which he lives. Told largely in his own words, it is a vivid account of the drastic changes taking place in Puerto Rico, as he sees them.More

  14. Book ImageStranger and Friend: The Way of an Anthropologist

    Hortense Powdermaker

    "The book is absolutely excellent . . . a unique fascinating account of the work of one of our leading anthropologists." —Colin M. TurnbullMore

  15. Book ImageThe Sumerians

    Charles Leonard Woolley

    In this book Professor Woolley, one of the world's foremost archaeologists, shows quite clearly that when Egyptian civilization began the civilization of the Sumerians had already flourished for at least 2,000 years.
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