Stephen J. Gould

by Anonymous on Sep. 10th, 2010

Stephen J. Gould
Stephen J. GouldCourtesy Kathy Chapman via Wikipedia
This is a late post but today is the birthday of Stephen J. Gould, born 1941 in New York City. Gould was a well-known paleontologist, evolutionist and prolific writer. He wrote monthly essays for Natural History magazine, and was author of several books (many of which were compilations of his essays) including such titles as Bully for Brontosaurus, Mismeasure for Man, and one of my favorites, Wonderful Life, a reassessment of the fossils found in the Burgess Shale. Gould (along with paleontologist Niles Eldredge) developed the evolution theory of punctuated equilibrium. Read more.

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Liza's picture
Liza says:

Gould is also the author of **"The Median is Not The Message," probably my favorite essay on math and science of all time.

**I don't know what to make of the website. I'm not promoting anything you find there except the essay!

posted on Mon, 09/13/2010 - 10:39am
bryan kennedy's picture

There's been a fascinating program on The World radio program about the ethics, science, and business of medical rationing this week. Last night they specifically brought up the case of the incurable mesothelioma, and even referenced, although indirectly, the less-than-a-year median life expectancy. The program would have benefitted from a reading of this fantastic essay, especially considering Dr. Gould's twenty years of life beyond his diagnosis.

posted on Thu, 12/16/2010 - 11:43am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Gould passed away in 2002. Technically, this was not his birthday, but the anniversary of his birth.

What are hairs for, if not to split?

posted on Wed, 12/15/2010 - 4:30pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Oh, sassy sassy sassy. But, I mean, there's this hair right here, already fairly split, so...

The stack of dictionaries on my lap is happy to define birthday as "an anniversary of one's birth." Sure, that's Webster's second definition, but Random House and the New Oxford American Dictionary put it at number 1.

posted on Wed, 12/15/2010 - 6:22pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

Gene's friends singing at the anniversary of his birth party c. 1965:

Happy anniversary of your birth to you,
Happy anniversary of your birth to you,
Happy an-ni-vers-ar-y-ofyourbirth, dear Eugene!
Happy anniversary of your birth to you!

Or Gene singing his favorite song from the Beatles' WHITE ALBUM:

You say it's the anniversary of your birth,
It's the anniversary of my birth, too.
You say it's the anniversary of your birth,
Happy anniversary of your birth to you!

posted on Thu, 12/16/2010 - 11:14am

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