This spotlight on an extraordinary mind collects the most entertaining and enlightening writings by the beloved paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and celebrant of the wonder of life. 20 illustrations.This spotlight on an extraordinary mind collects the most entertaining and enlightening writings by the beloved paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and celebrant of the wonder of life. 20 illustrations.Read Less
Very Good in Very Good jacket. 8vo. pp. 654, "Harvard professor and National Book Award winner Gould was one of science's best ambassadors to the general public until his death at 60 in 2002. These 44 essays represent his best-known pieces from his books and from essays for Natural History magazine, as well as never before published speeches. The editors have selected pieces on a wide range of subjects¿from the ever-shrinking Hershey Bar, to his and Niles Eldredge's theory of punctuated evolution and Freud's adaptation of the (now abandoned) biological notion of recapitulation¿which showcase Gould's immense curiosity as well as his skill at explaining even the most obscure topics with clear and vivid language. Autobiographical essays are followed by scientific ruminations on evolutionary theory and how it has been understood, misunderstood and misused, ever since Darwin put pen to paper. This collection demonstrates Gould's passion for life as well as his enthusiasm for, and awe at, the "majesty" of "the continuity of the tree of life for 3.5 billion years." Gould's many fans, as well as new readers, should find this collection intriguing as well as entertaining, an eminently suitable last hurrah for an amazing thinker."
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Very Good in Very Good jacket. ISBN: 978-0-393-06498-8, Minuscule chip to the jacket front bottom corner, small crease to the jacket front flap corner, remainder mark to the bottom edge; very little wear overall. Quite clean. 'Stephen Jay Gould, one of our most brilliant scientists, illuminated every aspect of the question of how life happens on our planet. Named a 'Living Legend' by Congress in 2000, Gould was a committed Darwinian and a defender of evolutionary theory who made major revisions to the existing scholarship, notably with the concept of punctuated equilibrium and his insistence on the role of chance in the development of life....This magnificent collection ranges across the spectrum of [his] writing, including his most famous essays and selections from all his major books, as well as gemlike speeches and articles. ' 653 pages.
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