Welcome to A Quiet Stand of Alders, the website of Stanley Rice, a science educator and writer. If you care passionately about the natural world and its evolutionary history, this website is for you.
Announcing Stan's upcoming book:
How to liberate your mind, solve the world's problems, and embrace the beauty of science.
Available December 18, 2018 from Prometheus Books.
Stan explains how scientists think using a process not very different from ordinary common sense. That means you don't have to be a scientist to reap the rewards of scientific thinking.
Science is not a pile of facts. It is a way of thinking!
- Table of Contents
- Free Resources for Teachers
- Video for chapters starring Charles Darwin
- Sample and outtake chapters:
Latest blog post
In the twentieth century, there was a lot of popular discussion of "the Bermuda triangle," a triangular area of ocean roughly bounded by the tip of Florida, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. There have been numerous instances of ships and airplanes simply vanishing without record, without remains, and without explanation. ... I consider this topic, while of limited value in itself, to be a very interesting illustration of some aspects of the scientific method.Continue reading Other blog posts
BooksScientifically Thinking: How to Liberate Your Mind, Solve the World's Problems, and Embrace the Beauty of Science
Available December 18, 2018
Encyclopedia of Biodiversity
New York: Facts on File, 2011.
Life of Earth: Portrait of a Beautiful, Middle-Aged, Stressed-Out Planet
Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2011.
Green Planet - Now in paperback & Kindle ebook!
New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2009.
Encyclopedia of Evolution
New York: Facts on File, 2007
Mostly photos of nature, many illustrating evolution
Archived essays that appeared on this website in 2008-2012.
New essays can be found on Stan's blogs:
Honest Ab (evolution and related scientific and social topics)
Republican Climate (politics)
Would you like your students to be actively involved citizens? Maybe you can get them started by having them write letters to tobacco corporations protesting their marketing of deadly products. Click here for instructions that I provide my students for this extra credit project.
Click here for information about discounted or complimentary desk copies and examination copies of books used as textbooks, from Random House Academic Services.
PDF scripts of Stan's recent presentations:
Confessions of an Oklahoma Evolutionist: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Root Foraging: A General Botany Project
God and Natural Selection
Altruism for Fun and Profit
srice at se dot edu