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.
Recent blog post
... I found something interesting when I looked through my old copy of Cosmos by Carl Sagan. It was about classical Greek science. As strange as it may seem, at the time, many philosophers thought that air did not exist. It was just space. I am unsure how they explained wind, but they must have had some confabulation to make the wind fit into their worldview.
But the philosopher Empedocles came up with an easy demonstration that air was something, rather than nothing. ...
BooksScientifically Thinking: How to Liberate Your Mind, Solve the World's Problems, and Embrace the Beauty of Science
Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 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