New Meetup: Book Club For the Curious: "Ever Since Darwin" , Jay Gould@ Museum of Science,

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Thursday, May 28, 2009 5:08 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Book Club For the Curious: "Ever Since Darwin" , Jay Gould@ Museum of Science,

When: June 11,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: I've always wanted to do one of the Museum of Science's "Book Club for the Curious", and this month's selection seems to be a quick read. No, the author of the book isn't going to be there. It's not a book signing, but I'd still like to go. Anyone want to crash this event with me? I'd be up in the Museum Lobby starting at 5:30 pm, and we can walk to the Book Club meeting in the library of the Green Wing. Registration information is listed below.

Book Club for the Curious:
Museum of Science, Green Wing, Lyman Library

"Feeling inquisitive? Looking for good conversation? Love a great book? Then the Museum of Science's Book Club for the Curious is just the thing for you. This book club was created especially for those who are interested in science and technology and how it impacts our society.

"The book club is free and open to the public. You do not need to be a member of the Museum to participate. It meets on the second Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. (Please check back here as meeting dates are sometimes adjusted due to holidays.) All meetings take place in the Museum's Lyman Library, Green Wing, Level 3".

How to Register:
"For more information or to RSVP for an upcoming meeting, contact Monica Parker-James:[masked], [address removed]".

Book of the Month for June:

Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History by Steven Jay Gould
Amazon Link:

About the book, Wikipedia:

"Ever Since Darwin was American paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould's first book. Published in 1977, it was a collection of essays originally published for Gould's monthly column in Natural History magazine. Edwin Barber?who was then the editorial director for W. W. Norton & Company?took note of the quality of Gould's essays and asked Gould "What's a smart fellow like you doing with no books in print?" He soon commissioned Gould to write The Mismeasure of Man. It wasn't until three years later, when Gould accumulated 33 columns, did it occur to either of them that the columns should be published in a single volume. The collection of essays, written between[masked], became a best-seller and propelled Stephen Jay Gould to national prominence.

Chapters include:

* Darwinia
* Human Evolution
* Odd Organisms and Evolutionary Exemplars
* Patterns and Punctuations in the History of Life
* Theories of the Earth
* Size and Shape, from Churches to Brains to Planets
* Science in Society - A Historical View
* The Science and Politics of Human Nature

About Stephen Jay Gould:

"Stephen Jay Gould (September 10, 1941 ? May 20, 2002) was a prominent American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science. He was also one of the most influential and widely read writers of popular science of his generation. Gould spent most of his career teaching at Harvard University and working at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In the latter years of his life, Gould also taught biology and evolution at New York University near his home in SoHo.

"Gould's greatest contribution to science was his theory of punctuated equilibrium which he developed with Niles Eldredge in 1972.[ The theory proposes that most evolution is marked by long periods of evolutionary stability, which is later punctuated by rare instances of branching evolution. The theory was contrasted against phyletic gradualism, the popular idea that evolutionary change is marked by a pattern of smooth and continuous change in the fossil record

"Gould became widely known through his popular science essays in Natural History magazine and his best-selling books on evolution. Many of his essays were reprinted in collected volumes, such as Ever Since Darwin and The Panda's Thumb, while his popular treatises included books such as The Mismeasure of Man, Wonderful Life and Full House.

"A passionate advocate of evolutionary theory, Gould wrote prolifically on the subject, trying to communicate his understanding of contemporary evolutionary biology to a wide audience. A recurring theme in his writings is the history and development of evolutionary, and pre-evolutionary, thought."

Where to meet:
T.J. Maher will be waiting in the lobby of the Museum of Science starting at 5:30 pm. We can group up and crash the book signing at 5:50 pm. T.J. is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair, blue eyes, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag.

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