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  1. The Mismeasure of Man.
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    The Mismeasure of Man.

    First edition, first printing of one of Gould's most famous and controversial books. Inscribed by the author on the half title, "For Larry Owens, best wishes, Stephen Jay Gould". In The Mismeasure of Man, Gould analyses craniometry and IQ testing to point out the unconscious biases and a priori assumptions built into much "scientific" research. Though researchers recently made the case that Gould was incorrect about one aspect of the book's argument, it still stands as an important indictment of biological determinism and a lucid reminder that those engaged in research of any type must be aware of their own privilege and biases. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1981

    Published: New York & London

    Stock Code: 87647

    Signed: Yes

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  2. The Flamingo's Smile. Reflections in Natural History.
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    The Flamingo's Smile. Reflections in Natural History.

    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the half title. A lovely copy. The Flamingo's Smile is the fourth volume of essays collected from Gould's long-running column in Natural History Magazine. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1985

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 87642

    Signed: Yes

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  3. Eight Little Piggies. Reflections in Natural History.
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    Eight Little Piggies. Reflections in Natural History.

    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the half title. A superb copy. This volume contains thirty-one essays written for Gould's column in Natural History Magazine. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1993

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 87636

    Signed: Yes

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  4. The Mismeasure of Man.

    The Mismeasure of Man.

    First edition, first printing of one of Gould's most famous and controversial books. Here he analyses craniometry and IQ testing to point out the unconscious biases and a priori assumptions built into much "scientific" research. Though researchers recently made the case that Gould was incorrect about one aspect of the book's argument, it still stands as an important indictment of biological determinism and a lucid reminder that those engaged in research of any type must be aware of their own privilege and biases. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1981

    Published: New York & London

    Stock Code: 83307

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  5. Ontogeny and Phylogeny.

    Ontogeny and Phylogeny.

    First edition, first printing of the author's first book. Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), a professor of zoology and paleontology at Harvard, was a leading light among biologists at the end of the previous century. His development of the theory of punctuated equilibria, the argument that evolution occurs in rapid bursts of speciation separated by long periods of stasis, radically revised the received wisdom that evolution was the slow, constant accumulation of changes. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1977

    Published: Cambridge, MA & London

    Stock Code: 83290

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