Customer Review

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is not a science book., July 9, 2005
This review is from: Gorgon: Paleontology, Obsession, and the Greatest Catastrophe in Earth's History (Hardcover)
Peter Ward writes of gorgons, the Permian extinction, and life as a paleontologist.

It is an interesting read, and there is a lot in here that's worth your time and money. I found some bits of it fascinating (especially his accounts of what it's like in the field). My problem was that I was expecting a book about gorgons. About what science knows (or hypothesizes) about the gorgon. In fact, most of the book doesn't mention the gorgon at all. And only a little is used to explain different ideas regarding the Permian extinction (with very little evidence being offered for Ward's views).

If you're looking to learn more about the gorgon - this isn't the books for you. If you're looking to learn more about the Permian extinction, this isn't the book for you.

If you're looking for an entertaining read about the process of field paleontology, about the experiences of doing work in a foreign country, then you should pick this up.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments


Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-1 of 1 posts in this discussion
Initial post: May 29, 2010 10:56:46 AM PDT
Catamaran'78 says:
This is not a science textbook or a bone by bone examination of the anatomy or early 'mammal-like reptiles'.

This is one of the best books I have read on the how the process of developing a scientific theory depends on doing field work and having the stamina and expertise to read the rocks. Ward discusses how the types of sediments change depending on the environment of deposition, how they relate to the presence or absence of fossils, use of paleomagnetism and the process to recover cores, how deposits in South Africa changed from meandering rivers to braided streams after the Permian/Triassic extinction, and he compares the changes in drainage in Africa to those seen after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Ward also shows how media PR combined with good funding and bad data can get rave reviews when published by scientists who rarely leave their desks.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

Reviewer


Location: Boone, NC United States

Top Reviewer Ranking: 22,978,079