Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould
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Mismeasure of Man
By Stephen Jay Gould

The Mismeasure of Man

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Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould

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When published in 1981, The Mismeasure of Man was immediately hailed as a masterwork, the ringing answer to those who would classify people, rank them according to their supposed genetic gifts and limits. And yet the idea of innate limits-of biology as destiny-dies hard, as witness the attention devoted to The Bell Curve, whose arguments are here so effectively anticipated and thoroughly undermined by Stephen Jay Gould. In this edition Dr. Gould has written a substantial new introduction telling how and why he wrote the book and tracing the subsequent history of the controversy on innateness right through The Bell Curve. Further, he has added five essays on questions of The Bell Curve in particular and on race, racism, and biological determinism in general. These additions strengthen the book's claim to be, as Leo J. Kamin of Princeton University has said, "a major contribution toward deflating pseudo-biological 'explanations' of our present social woes."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393314250
ISBN-10: 0393314251
Format: Paperback
(211mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 5-Jun-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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From fads to fungus, baseball to beeswax, Gould always circles back to the great themes of time, change, and history, carrying readers home to the centering theme of evolution.

I Have Landed by Stephen Jay Gould I Have Landed, Paperback (September 2011)

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Author Biography - Stephen Jay Gould

Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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