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I Have Landed

The End of a Beginning in Natural History

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ISBN 9780674061620

Publication Date: 10/01/2011

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432 pages

6 x 9 inches

32 halftones, 24 line illustrations

Belknap Press

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  • Preface
  • I. Pausing in Continuity
    • 1. I Have Landed
  • II. Disciplinary Connections: Scientific Slouching Across a Misconceived Divide
    • 2. No Science Without Fancy, No Art Without Facts: The Lepidoptery of Vladimir Nabokov
    • 3. Jim Bowie’s Letter and Bill Buckner’s Legs
    • 4. The True Embodiment of Everything That’s Excellent
    • 5. Art Meets Science in The Heart of the Andes: Church Paints, Humboldt Dies, Darwin Writes, and Nature Blinks in the Fateful Year of 1859
  • III. Darwinian Prequels and Fallout
    • 6. The Darwinian Gentleman at Marx’s Funeral: Resolving Evolution’s Oddest Coupling
    • 7. The Pre-Adamite in a Nutshell
    • 8. Freud’s Evolutionary Fantasy
  • IV. Essays in the Paleontology of Ideas
    • 9. The Jew and the Jewstone
    • 10. When Fossils Were Young
    • 11. Syphilis and the Shepherd of Atlantis
  • V. Casting the Die: Six Evolutionary Epitomes
    • Defending Evolution
      • 12. Darwin and the Munchkins of Kansas
      • 13. Darwin’s More Stately Mansion
      • 14. A Darwin for All Reasons
    • Evolution and Human Nature
      • 15. When Less Is Truly More
      • 16. Darwin’s Cultural Degree
      • 17. The Without and Within of Smart Mice
  • VI. The Meaning and Drawing of Evolution
    • Defining and Beginning
      • 18. What Does the Dreaded “E” Word Mean Anyway?
      • 19. The First Day of the Rest of Our Life
      • 20. The Narthex of San Marco and the Pangenetic Paradigm
    • Parsing and Proceeding
      • 21. Linnaeus’s Luck?
      • 22. Abscheulich! (Atrocious)
      • 23. Tales of a Feathered Tail
  • VII. Natural Worth
    • 24. An Evolutionary Perspective on the Concept of Native Plants
    • 25. Age-Old Fallacies of Thinking and Stinking
    • 26. The Geometer of Race
    • 27. The Great Physiologist of Heidelberg
  • VIII. Triumph and Tragedy on the Exact Centennial of I Have Landed, September 11, 2001
    • Introductory Statement
    • 28. The Good People of Halifax
    • 29. Apple Brown Betty
    • 30. The Woolworth Building
    • 31. September 11, ’01
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • A Brain Pickings Best Science Book of 2011
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