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Stephen Jay Gould, Scientist
Occup.Scientist
FromUSA
BornSeptember 10, 1941
Bayside, New York, United States
DiedMay 20, 2002
Manhattan, New York, United States
Aged60 years
Stephen Jay Gould was an American paleontologist. He was also among his generation's most influential and read popular science writers.

Gould studied at Antioch College in his hometown of New York and later doctorate in paleontology from Columbia University. In 1973 he became professor of evolutionary and developmental biology at Harvard University, where he specialized in developing and speciation in fossil land snails. He was also affiliated to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In his last years he taught biology and evolution at New York University.

His greatest contribution to science was his theory of broken equilibria (punctuated equilibrium), which he developed with Niles Eldredge in 1972. The theory claims that evolution is characterized by long periods of evolutionary stability, which cut off the point of view the evolutionary progress. The theory was controversial and was in contrast to gradualismen, implying that evolutionary change occurs through a continuous basis.

Stephen Jay Gould also contributed to the evolution theory. He was opposed to creationism, and suggested that science and religion were seen as two separate fields that do not overlap.

From 1974 to 2001 Gould wrote 300 essays in the journal Natural History, published by the American Museum of Natural History. Essay Sene is also regularly published in book form. He received several awards for his ability to communicate complex subjects in an easily understandable language.

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13 Famous quotes by Stephen Jay Gould

Small: Stephen Jay Gould: The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize
"The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question"
Small: Stephen Jay Gould: Science is an integral part of culture. Its not this foreign thing, done by an arcane pries
"Science is an integral part of culture. It's not this foreign thing, done by an arcane priesthood. It's one of the glories of the human intellectual tradition"
Small: Stephen Jay Gould: When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes, the seeds of politica
"When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes, the seeds of political manipulation are sown"
Small: Stephen Jay Gould: Creationist critics often charge that evolution cannot be tested, and therefore cannot be v
"Creationist critics often charge that evolution cannot be tested, and therefore cannot be viewed as a properly scientific subject at all. This claim is rhetorical nonsense"
Small: Stephen Jay Gould: The more important the subject and the closer it cuts to the bone of our hopes and needs, t
"The more important the subject and the closer it cuts to the bone of our hopes and needs, the more we are likely to err in establishing a framework for analysis"
Small: Stephen Jay Gould: Look in the mirror, and dont be tempted to equate transient domination with either intrinsi
"Look in the mirror, and don't be tempted to equate transient domination with either intrinsic superiority or prospects for extended survival"
Small: Stephen Jay Gould: In science, fact can only mean confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to with
"In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent." I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms"
Small: Stephen Jay Gould: Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than t
"Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within"
Small: Stephen Jay Gould: The proof of evolution lies in those adaptations that arise from improbable foundations
"The proof of evolution lies in those adaptations that arise from improbable foundations"
Small: Stephen Jay Gould: We pass through this world but once
"We pass through this world but once"
Small: Stephen Jay Gould: Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview - nothing more constraining, more blind
"Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview - nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty"
Small: Stephen Jay Gould: We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process with no drive to complexity, not the
"We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process with no drive to complexity, not the expected results of evolutionary principles that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding the mode of its own necessary construction"
Small: Stephen Jay Gould: The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the de
"The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos"