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Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History von [Gould, Stephen Jay]
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The Burgess Shale of British Columbia "is the most precious and important of all fossil localities," writes Stephen Jay Gould. These 600-million-year-old rocks preserve the soft parts of a collection of animals unlike any other. Just how unlike is the subject of Gould's book.

Gould describes how the Burgess Shale fauna was discovered, reassembled, and analyzed in detail so clear that the reader actually gets some feeling for what paleobiologists do, in the field and in the lab. The many line drawings are unusually beautiful, and now can be compared to a wonderful collection of photographs in Fossils of the Burgess Shale by Derek Briggs, one of Gould's students.

Burgess Shale animals have been called a "paleontological Rorschach test," and not every geologist by any means agrees with Gould's thesis that they represent a "road not taken" in the history of life. Simon Conway Morris, one of the subjects of Wonderful Life, has expressed his disagreement in Crucible of Creation. Wonderful Life was published in 1989, and there has been an explosion of scientific interest in the pre-Cambrian and Cambrian periods, with radical new ideas fighting for dominance. But even though many scientists disagree with Gould about the radical oddity of the Burgess Shale animals, his argument that the history of life is profoundly contingent--as in the movie It's a Wonderful Life, from which this book takes its title--has become more accepted, in theories such as Ward and Brownlee's Rare Earth hypothesis. And Gould's loving, detailed exposition of the labor it took to understand the Burgess Shale remains one of the best explanations of scientific work around. --Mary Ellen Curtin

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Luminous. . . . Filled with profound and upsetting ideas like the Burgess Shale itself and just as solid. It is surely one of nature's best stories, told with a light touch by a master of the field. --Lewis Thomas, M.D."

Gould at his best. . . . The message of history is superbly conveyed. . . . Recommended reading for scientists and nonscientists of all persuasions.--Walter C. Sweet

There is no question about the historical importance of the Burgess Shale, and Gould is right when he says that it deserves a place in the public consciousness along with big bangs and black holes. . . . A compelling story, told with characteristic verve.--Richard A. Fortey

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 8821 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: W. W. Norton & Company (17. September 1990)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00H987FS6
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Von Ein Kunde am 8. März 1999
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Stephen Jay Gould is a great essayist whose musings on the wonders of biology and evolution sometimes range far and wide (witness his essay discussing why Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak is the most remarkable record in baseball). Wonderful Life is my favourite amongst his numerous books, and presents perhaps the clearest exposition of one of his main themes - that while life on Earth itself may have been inevitable, the form it takes today is the product of countless unknown and unknowable contingencies over the ages. All this is illustrated through the remarkable detective story of the Burgess Shale, a rich set of fossils that chronicle a diversity of life in the past far greater than that of today. On first reading this I felt a real sense of wonder for the workings of evolution, and I highly recommend it as one of the most readable and thought-provoking popular books on evolution I've seen.
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Dieses Buch ist ein von den berühmsten von Gould. Er schreibt immer sehr gut, und es bleibt sehr verständlich und richtig. Der erste Teil kann schwierig sein, da es schon technisch ist. Aber der 2. Teil ist nur geil!
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In the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" Jimmy Stewart sees life's tape replayed with only a small change - he is missing. He realizes that what he thought of as an insignificant life had far reaching effects. A small change in history multiplies and has a powerful effect on his world. Mr. Gould uses this metaphor to structure his book and to teach us something about the nature of life and the role of contingency in the history of life.

The Burgess Shale is a rock formation in British Columbia, Canada. It is one of the most valuable fossil repositories in the world because of the presence of many soft body fossils from about 570 million years ago - the time of the Cambrian explosion. The Cambrian explosion was when most multicellular life first made it's appearance, all in a relatively short period of time. Soft body fossils are very rare and occur only under very unusual conditions, making them invaluable when found.

In the early part of this century Charles Doolittle Walcott ( a fascinating man whose life story is quite a tale and is partially given in this book) worked in the Burgess Shale and collected thousands of fossils. Most of these were classified as ancestors of modern groups of animals and while interesting, not earth shaking discoveries. In the Seventies Harry Whittington of Cambridge University and two of his talented students revisited the fossils of the Burgess shale and came to a radical and entirely different conclusion. The creatures from this one quarry may well exceed, in anatomical variation, the entire spectrum of invertebrate life in the ocean today. For example, today among the almost one million described arthropod species there are only four major groups. The fossils in the Burgess Shale have representatives from all four groups.
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I loved this book! Stephen J. Gould's, Wonderful Life is one of the best works of scientific literture I've ever read, maybe THE best! I have read most of Mr. Gould's books, from his collections of essays...Bully for Brontosaurus, Eight Little Piggies...to his one subject works...The Mismeasure of Man, Questioning the Millenium. I admit to being a fan of his! And why not? He makes science and scientific thought readable, understandable, enjoyable and just plain fun. To me, Wonderful Life is his best. He takes the story of the discovery and interpretation of the Burgess Shale and turns it into a great scientific detective story. The fossilized creatures found in the Burgess Shale will not be familiar to the average reader, but they become so thanks to Mr. Gould. Wait till you find Opabina or Anomalocaris! They aren't Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops, but this book will make you as interested in them as the Dinosaurs. Mr. Gould's writing is almost luminous. I think I could read his writing on almost any subject as he has the ability to make almost any subject interesting and fun. His conclusions are a big part of the enjoyment of Wonderful Life. What the Burgess Shale and it's fossils tell us about the distant past and about life itself. Gould's idea that if what he calls the "tape of life", could be rewound and played again, starting 500 million years ago from time of the Burgess Shale, the evolutionary outcome would be different each time...is at the heart of understanding the natural world. Evolution is not pre-ordained! Stephen J. Gould makes this idea seem almost spiritual, certainly....Wonderful! If you like Gould, if you like science, if you like LIFE, you'll enjoy Wonderful Life.
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Unabhängig vom Inhalt ist die Druck-Qualität des Buches mangelhaft. Die Illustrationen, in diesem Buch besonders wichtig, sind teilweise kaum zu erkennen und wirken wie eine schlechte Fotokopie. Der Verlag hat es sich offenbar sehr einfach beziehungsweise billig gemacht.

The quality of the illustration is very poor!
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Wonderful Life is a perfect book if you are interested at all in the story of evolution on this planet. This is science and compelling storytelling rolled into one. It is a fascinating look at the Burgess Shale fossils (discovered in Canada at the turn of this century) and how they were misclassified and then stored for nearly 80 years in the Smithsonian Institution. What really fires the reader's imagination in this book is the contemporary study of these fossils and how it shattered our view of life progressing steadily on to more complex organisms in a predictive manner. Evolution of lifeforms, instead, is a much more chancy situation that is not at all predictable. There is every chance that, if the tape of life were rewound and started again, humans would not evolve. Our being here is due to environmental conditions and opportunities that most surely would not happen again in history. Stephen Gould is a superb writer and this is one of his very best books
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