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Eldredge, Niles

Works: 126 works in 572 publications in 7 languages and 28,314 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  Classification  Encyclopedias  Miscellanea  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
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Most widely held works about Niles Eldredge
Most widely held works by Niles Eldredge
Unfinished synthesis : biological hierarchies and modern evolutionary thought by Niles Eldredge( )

24 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and German and held by 1,762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this interesting and provocative book Eldredge discusses a controversial but convincing argument that contemporary evolutionary theory-``the modern synthesis''-``is not directly addressed to the actual events of the history of life.'' The author is well known for previous journal publications with S.J. Gould on punctuated equilibria. As the book's title implies, Eldredge maintains that present thought concerning evolutionary theory, while not incorrect, is incomplete since it focuses only on genes, organisms, demes, and species and does not consider adequately ecological entities such as populations and communities. He focuses on two neglected areas: the unfinished genealogic hierarchy (genes, organisms, demes, species, and the individuals involved in replication) and the ecological hierarchy (proteins, organisms, populations, communities, and regional systems of plant and animal life). One of the challenges of the Eldredge hypothesis is that it can explain many of the questions that ``the modern synthesis'' cannot answer, such as why there is so much genetic variation in populations of animals and plants and how selection operates at the higher levels of animal and plant classification. A must for those with a genuine interest in the processes of evolution.-J.N. Carpenter, University of Kentucky.-Choice Review
Life in the balance : humanity and the biodiversity crisis by Niles Eldredge( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Botswana's Okavango Delta is considered by many to be one of the last "Edens" left on Earth. There a rich assortment of organisms exist in natural equilibrium." "The same insults in microcosm - encroaching agriculture, water diversion, disease, and pollution - threaten the Okavango that in macrocosm threaten the entire planet. Starting with a sensual journey by plane and boat, Eldredge leads a reader first to the very heart of the Okavango, and then on a tour of Earth's organisms - animals, plants, fungi, and the microbes which underpin all of life - and ecosystems in which these organisms earn their living - from the tundra to the tropics. It is a journey that reveals the twin faces of biodiversity (the 13 million extant species and the ecosystems through which these species transform and exchange the Sun's energy) and the value of biodiversity to the Biosphere as a whole and to our own continued human existence." "Eldredge's tour ends at the Panama Canal, the site of one of humankind's greatest achievements, where, if only by necessity, practical solutions to maintaining biodiversity's delicate balance have been successfully implemented. If his message is not entirely pessimistic, it is not entirely hopeful either. There are a number of difficult actions we must take as a global society if we are to stem an impending Sixth Extinction, and Eldredge outlines these steps in detail."--Jacket
Life on earth : an encyclopedia of biodiversity, ecology, and evolution by Niles Eldredge( )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This two-volume set provides a guide for high school students and above to the planet's diverse life forms and the systems that support them. The 200 cross-referenced entries (about two-to-six pages in length) cover topics such as ecosystems, major groups of organisms, threats to biodiversity, ways to reduce or prevent further damage, and related academic disciplines. The book includes b & w photographs and drawings, many of which add to understanding of the text
The triumph of evolution : and the failure of creationism by Niles Eldredge( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eldredge presents an examination of the creationist-evolutionist confrontation
Darwin : discovering the tree of life by Niles Eldredge( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 1,380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An analysis of the life and ideas of Charles Darwin draws on his notebooks, manuscripts, and everyday possessions
Eternal ephemera : adaptation and the Origin of species from the nineteenth century through punctuated equilibria and beyond by Niles Eldredge( )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All organisms and species are transitory, yet life endures. The origin, extinction, and evolution of species - interconnected in the web of life as "eternal ephemera"--Are the concern of evolutionary biology. In this riveting work, renowned paleontologist Niles Eldredge follows leading thinkers as they have sought, for more than two hundred years, to understand this paradox, revitalizing evolutionary science with their own, more resilient findings. Eldgredge begins in France with the naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, who in 1801 first framed the overarching question about the emergence of new species. The Italian geologist Giambattista Brocchi followed, bringing in geology and paleontology to expand the question. In 1825, at the University of Edinburgh, Robert Grant and Robert Jameson introduced the astounding ideas formulated by Lamarck and Brocchi to a young medical student named Charles Darwin. Who can doubt that Darwin left for his voyage on the Beagle in 1831 filled with thoughts about these daring new explanations for the "transmutation" of species. Eldredge revisits Darwin's early insights into evolution in South America and his later synthesis of knowledge into a theory of the origin of species. He then considers the ideas of more recent evolutionary thinkers, such as George Gaylord Simpson, Ernst Mayr, and Theodosius Dobzhansky, as well as the young and brash Nilese Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould who set science afire with their concept of punctuated equilibria. Filled with insights into evolutionary biology and told with a rich affection for the scientific arena, this book celebrates the organic, vital relationship between scientific thinking and its subjects. -- from dust jacket
Fossils : the evolution and extinction of species by Niles Eldredge( Book )

24 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the leading paleontologists of our time, examines what the fossilized remains of earth's ancient flora and fauna reveal about mass extinction and the origin of the species, and comes up with a revolutionary new theory that augments Darwin's. Enhanced with works by Murray Alcosser, one of America's most distinguished still-life nature photographers, Fossils offers a truly new and exciting look at earth's earliest history
The miner's canary : unraveling the mysteries of extinction by Niles Eldredge( Book )

20 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A paleontologist gives an account of episodes of mass extinction from the geological past, offers his own theory, and presents a pessimistic forecast for the future of Earth and its inhabitants
Time frames : the evolution of punctuated equilibria by Niles Eldredge( )

16 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in English and held by 1,138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scientists have recently begun to question one of the pillars of modern thought--Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Certainly evolution occurs; but if it is a slow, continuous process by which one species gradually modifies itself into a new one, as Darwin believed, why are there so many missing links in the fossil records? Two eminent scientists, Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould, startled the world by challenging Darwin's cherished beliefs proposing instead that once a species has evolved it rarely undergoes change, and that the evolution of new species occurs only periodically, in relatively rapid spurts. In Time Frames Niles Eldredge explains how his own work with trilobite fossils led him to this unexpected conclusion, and describes the fascinating development of the new theory of punctuated equilibria.Originally published in 1989.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905. Statement Published: June 2014
The myths of human evolution by Niles Eldredge( Book )

15 editions published between 1978 and 1982 in English and held by 1,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Time frames : the rethinking of Darwinian evolution and the theory of punctuated equilibria by Niles Eldredge( Book )

16 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and held by 1,097 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the new evolutionary theory of punctuated equilibria, argues that changes in species are rare but happen in rapid bursts, and examines the fossil record of invertebrates
Life pulse : episodes from the story of the fossil record by Niles Eldredge( Book )

16 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses key episodes or turning points in the earth's evolution by exploring quarries, climbing outcroppings, etc
Concrete jungle : New York City and our last best hope for a sustainable future by Niles Eldredge( )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cities need healthy chunks of the world's ecosystems to persist if they are to survive; yet cities, like parasites, grow and prosper by local destruction of these very ecosystems. In this absorbing and wide-ranging book, the authors use New York City as a microcosm to explore both the positive and negative sides of the relationship between cities, the environment, and the future of global biodiversity. They illuminate the mass of contradictions that cities present by offering the best and the worst of human existence. Eldredge and Horenstein demonstrate that, though cities have voracious appetites for resources such as food and water, they also represent the last hope for conserving healthy remnants of the world's ecosystems and species. With their concentration of human beings, they bring together centers of learning, research, government, finance, and media--institutions that increasingly play active roles in solving environmental problems. Some of the topics covered in Concrete Jungle: --The geological history of the New York region, including remnant glacial features visible today --The early days of urbanization on Manhattan Island, focusing on the history of Central Park, Collect Pond, and Manhattan Square --The history of early railway lines and the development of New York's iconic subway system --The problem of producing enough safe drinking water for an ever-expanding population --Prominent civic institutions, including universities, museums, and zoos"--Provided by publisher
Why we do it : rethinking sex and the selfish gene by Niles Eldredge( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and Chinese and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the last thirty years, many scientists have come to insist that our behaviour is governed by our genes-above all when it comes to sex, which, we are told, is how genes perpetuate themselves. Sex certainly seems more complicated than a matter of our DNA struggling to survive and that's because it is. Eldredge directly confronts those who would cast us as puppets of biological imperatives rooted deep in our hunter-gatherer past. Their models, he points out, are based on lower forms of life. In humans, there is an intricate interplay between meeting our needs for day-to-day survival, sex and reproduction (the human triangle)-further complicated by cultural forces (customs, laws) that routinely override selfish-gene behaviour. rethink the assumptions of today's science in the important task of understanding ourselves
The pattern of evolution by Niles Eldredge( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Pattern of Evolution, Eldredge offers readers a fascinating view into this window of our world through time. As he and other researchers continue to uncover patterns in their respective fields, and as new disciplines emerge to straddle traditional scientific boundaries, the window grows wider. And some provocative questions arise: Are there connections between the ways the living and nonliving worlds function and evolve? In the aftermath of a tumultuous collision between the earth's biological and physical forces - a tropical storm of tremendous proportions - did the Cecropia tree Eldredge encountered merely survive the devastation, or did the storm clear its way?" "He examines the history of ideas on evolution from the beginning of the modern scientific era, about two centuries ago, to the present. Seizing on evidence of similar patterns across disciplines, he shows how important issues and events have brought us to the brink of a more comprehensive understanding of the earth. Learning how things work within and between systems is the key to realizing the relation between the world's living and nonliving parts. It is Eldredge's thesis that exploring the connections across systems will lead to the realization that biological evolution is driven by the same underlying forces that have shaped the geology of our planet."--Jacket
Reinventing Darwin : the great debate at the high table of evolutionary theory by Niles Eldredge( Book )

25 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the controversy between the geneticists, with their traditional Darwinian view of a slow but sure evolution, and the paleontologists, who favor the theory of punctuated equilibrium
The monkey business : a scientist looks at creationism by Niles Eldredge( Book )

11 editions published between 1982 and 1991 in English and Japanese and held by 791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Extinction and evolution : what fossils reveal about the history of life by Niles Eldredge( Book )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eldredge's groundbreaking work is now accepted as the definitive statement of how life as we know it evolved on Earth. This book chronicles how Eldredge made his discoveries and traces the history of life through the lenses of paleontology, geology, ecology, anthropology, biology, genetics, zoology, mammalogy, herpetology, entomology and botany. While rigorously accurate, the text is accessible, engaging and free of jargon
Phylogenetic patterns and the evolutionary process : method and theory in comparative biology by Niles Eldredge( Book )

16 editions published between 1980 and 2007 in English and German and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living fossils by Niles Eldredge( Book )

14 editions published in 1984 in English and Polish and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Life in the balance : humanity and the biodiversity crisis
Life in the balance : humanity and the biodiversity crisisLife on earth : an encyclopedia of biodiversity, ecology, and evolutionThe triumph of evolution : and the failure of creationismDarwin : discovering the tree of lifeFossils : the evolution and extinction of speciesThe miner's canary : unraveling the mysteries of extinctionWhy we do it : rethinking sex and the selfish geneThe pattern of evolutionReinventing Darwin : the great debate at the high table of evolutionary theory
Alternative Names
Eldredge, N. 1943-

Eldredge, Niles

Eldredge, Niles 1943-

Eldredge, Niles (Robert Niles), 1943-

Eldredge, Robert Niles.

Eldredge, Robert Niles 1943-

Niles Eldredge Amerikaans paleontoloog

Niles Eldredge paleontólogo e biólogo evolutivo

Niles Eldredge paleontologo statunitense

Niles Eldredge US-amerikanischer Paläontologe

Элдридж, Нильс

ניילס אלדריג'

نیلز الدرج

エルドリッジ, N.

エルドリッジ, ナイルズ