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Full House

The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin

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$21.00 • £15.95 • €19.00

ISBN 9780674061613

Publication Date: 10/01/2011


256 pages

6 x 9 inches

20 halftones, 10 line illustrations, 18 graphs, 3 tables

Belknap Press


Gould shows why a more accurate way of understanding our world is to look at a given subject within its own context, to see it as a part of a spectrum of variation and then to reconceptualize trends as expansion or contraction of this “full house” of variation, and not as the progress or degeneration of an average value, or single thing.