Stephen J. Gould: The Scientific Legacy

Editors: Danieli, Gian Antonio, Minelli, Alessandro, Pievani, Telmo (Eds.)

  • Wide-ranging appraisal of the scientific and anthropological legacy of Stephen J. Gould, ten years after his death
  • Scientists including Niles Eldredge join forces to offer a balanced view of Gould's intellectual heritage
  • Sections covering evolutionary theory, the genome and development, Gould’s anthropological legacy, and the significance of his thought for the human sciences
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Stephen J. Gould’s greatest contribution to science is a revised version of the theory of evolution which offers today a useful framework for understanding progress in many evolutionary fields. His intuitions about the conjunction of evolution and development, the role of ecological factors in speciation, the multi-level interpretation of the units of selection, and the interplay between functional pressures and constraints all represent fruitful lines of experimental research. His opposition to the progressive representations of evolution, the gene-centered view of natural history, or the adaptationist “just-so stories” has also left its mark on current biology.

In May 2012, at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Venice, an international panel of scientists and philosophers discussed Stephen J. Gould’s legacy, ten years after his death. This book presents a selection of those contributions, chosen for their interest and importance. A broad range of themes are covered: Gould’s contribution to evolutionary theory, including the concept of punctuated equilibria and the importance of his pluralism; the Gouldian view of genome and development; Gould’s legacy in anthropology; and, finally, the significance of his thought for the human sciences.

This book provides a fascinating appraisal of the cultural legacy of one of the world’s greatest popular writers in the life sciences. This is the first time that scientists including some of Gould’s personal friends and co-authors of papers of momentous importance such as Niles Eldredge have come together to strike a balanced view of Gould's intellectual heritage.

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From the book reviews:

“The book under review represents the proceedings of a meeting held at the Instituto Veneto during early May 2012 to memorialize the tenth anniversary of Gould’s death. … This book will be useful and important for serious historians of science and for evolutionary biologists with special interest in the background of their own discipline.” (Charles R. Crumly, Journal of Biological Physics, Vol. 41, 2015)

“This slender volume of 13 essays touches, in varying degrees, on Gould’s work in these fields. … most chapters are well written and provocative. … the book will interest historians of evolutionary thought and Gould’s most ardent fans. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals.” (J. L. Hunt, Choice, Vol. 51 (7), March, 2014)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Stephen J. Gould in the 1960s and 1970s, and the Origin of “Punctuated Equilibria”

    Eldredge, Niles

    Pages 3-19

  • Stephen J. Gould and Adaptation: San Marco 33 Years Later

    Lloyd, Elisabeth A.

    Pages 21-35

  • Kinds of Pluralism: Stephen J. Gould and the Future of Evolutionary Theory

    Pievani, Telmo

    Pages 37-50

  • Molecules and Macroevolution: A Gouldian View of the Genome

    Gregory, T. Ryan

    Pages 53-72

  • Individuals, Hierarchies and the Levels of Selection: A Chapter in Stephen J. Gould’s Evolutionary Theory

    Minelli, Alessandro

    Pages 73-83

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stephen J. Gould: The Scientific Legacy
Editors
  • Gian Antonio Danieli
  • Alessandro Minelli
  • Telmo Pievani
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Mailand
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Italia
eBook ISBN
978-88-470-5424-0
DOI
10.1007/978-88-470-5424-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-88-470-5423-3
Softcover ISBN
978-88-470-5618-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 208
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