Book Reviews of The Flamingo's Smile: Reflections in Natural History

The Flamingo's Smile: Reflections in Natural History
The Flamingo's Smile Reflections in Natural History
Author: Stephen Jay Gould
ISBN-13: 9780393303759
ISBN-10: 0393303756
Publication Date: 1/1987
Pages: 476
Rating:
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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4.4 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: W. W. Norton Company
Book Type: Paperback
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Great book of essays in natural history previously printed in Pensee magazine. Much food for thought on issues still controversial in some circles even today. Evolution, Darwin's voyage to the Galapagos -- and errors he made in failing to identify which bird specimens came from which islands -- so he wound up having to rely on tagged birds that others on the voyage had collected.
The title comes from a famous essay about how odd it is that the flamingo's beak bends in the opposite direction from most other birds' -- also it has the larger beak part on the lower location rather than the upper. All the better to filter, my dear.
Topics run the gamut from flamingos and other birds to mammals like apes and man, Darwin, and the history of scientific thought on all these puzzling designs in natural history. Excellent and very readable essays.
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Stephen Jay Gould makes science accessible to all through his writings on natural history. This is an outstanding collection of essays
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Very readable essays about evolution - this is one of those books that makes you think, and entertains you at the same time.