Product Description & Reviews
Stephen Jay Gould is world class. He sets the standard. When it comes to popular scientific essays, he leads the (small) pack. This collection of 35 pieces, all first appeared in Natural History magazine. It includes essays on language, the role of chance in history, the evolution of life and the human family tree. And Gould treats us to his favorite, "In a Jumbled Drawer," where he examines racism in 19th century science. "Gould combines information with charm and humor," (Atlantic) and "extols advances in science like the space probe Voyager." (Kirkus Reviews) Stephen Jay Gould has a wide range of interests, and for many years he has shared his enthusiasms in the pages of Natural History and the New York Review of Books, among other journals. His passions include baseball, the puzzles of evolutionary theory, and the game of scholarly detection as it applies to questions such as, "What became of dinosaurs, anyway?". He answers entertainingly, but never talks down to his readers. Gould is one of modern natural science's great popularizers, but he shuns the temptation to make the giant reptiles of prehistory the Smurfs of the 1990s, in the manner of a certain purple dinosaur. The 35 pieces gathered here make for fine browsing, full of sideways glances and digressions that eventually make sense.
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|Manufacturer:||Books on Tape, Inc.|
|Publisher:||Books on Tape, Inc.|
|Studio:||Books on Tape, Inc.|
|Package Weight:||1.2 pounds|
|Package Size:||5.5 x 0.9 x 0.9 inches|
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