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The Richness of Life: The Essential Stephen Jay Gould

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If you are a fan, this collection of 44 of Stephen Jay Gould's best known essays, as well as a few never before published speeches, will make a wonderful keepsake, a beautiful volume that will be pulled from your bookshelf and savored, time and again. Better yet, The Richness of Life would be the perfect primer for someone who has yet to discover Gould's brilliant and ebullient writing on natural history.
Recommended by Chandler, Powells.com

If you are a fan, this collection of forty-four of Stephen Jay Gould's best known essays, as well as a few never before published speeches, will make a wonderful keepsake; a beautiful volume that will be pulled from your bookshelf and savored, time and again. Better yet, The Richness of Life would be the perfect primer for someone who has yet to discover his brilliant and ebullient writing on natural history.
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Publisher Comments:

The most entertaining and enlightening writings by the beloved paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and celebrant of the wonder of life.

"Nature is so wondrously complex and varied that almost anything possible does happen....I rejoice in [its] multifariousness and leave the chimera of certainty to politicians and preachers." — from Ever Since Darwin

Upon his death in 2002, Stephen Jay Gould stood at the pinnacle among observers of the natural world, recognized by Congress as a "living legend." His prodigious legacy — sixteen best-selling and prize-winning books, dozens of scientific papers, an unbroken series of three hundred essays in Natural History — combined to make Gould the most widely read science writer of our time. This indispensable collection of forty-eight pieces from his brilliant oeuvre includes selections from classics such as Ever Since Darwin and The Mismeasure of Man, plus articles and speeches never before published in book form.

This volume, the last that will bear his name, spotlights his elegance, depth, and sheer pleasure in our world — a true celebration of an extraordinary mind. 20 illustrations.

Review:

"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Gould's defense of evolution, which he dared to say really did have an element of chance to it, resulted in 20 books and hundreds of articles, along with accolades from his peers and awards from supporters and even the US Congress. His 30-year career teaching biology, geology and the history of science at Harvard was punctuated by his trenchant but always witty writing. This collection includes some of his 300 papers for Natural Science and selections from his books, including comments on baseball from his autobiography; biographies of everyone from Burnet to Marx; his considerable contributions to evolutionary theory; his work on size and scaling in human evolution; pieces on sociobiology, evolutionary psychology, and racism; and his often amusing takes on religion. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The most entertaining and enlightening writings by the beloved paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and celebrant of the wonder of life.

Synopsis:

"Nature is so wondrously complex and varied that almost anything possible does happen....I rejoice in [its] multifariousness and leave the chimera of certainty to politicians and preachers."--from Ever Since Darwin

Upon his death in 2002, Stephen Jay Gould stood at the pinnacle among observers of the natural world, recognized by Congress as a "living legend." His prodigious legacy--sixteen best-selling and prize-winning books, dozens of scientific papers, an unbroken series of three hundred essays in Natural History--combined to make Gould the most widely read science writer of our time. This indispensable collection of forty-eight pieces from his brilliant oeuvre includes selections from classics such as Ever Since Darwin and The Mismeasure of Man, plus articles and speeches never before published in book form.

This volume, the last that will bear his name, spotlights his elegance, depth, and sheer pleasure in our world--a true celebration of an extraordinary mind.

About the Author

Stephen Jay Gould (1941–2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393064988
Author:
Stephen Jay Gould and Stephen Rose
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Foreword:
Sacks, Oliver
Editor:
Rose, Stephen
Editor:
McGarr, Paul
Author:
Rose, Stephen
Author:
Sacks, Oliver
Author:
Gould, Stephen Jay
Author:
Rose, Steven
Subject:
Paleontology
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 illustrations
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.6 x 1.8 in 2.295 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

If you are a fan, this collection of 44 of Stephen Jay Gould's best known essays, as well as a few never before published speeches, will make a wonderful keepsake, a beautiful volume that will be pulled from your bookshelf and savored, time and again. Better yet, The Richness of Life would be the perfect primer for someone who has yet to discover Gould's brilliant and ebullient writing on natural history.

"Staff Pick" by ,

If you are a fan, this collection of forty-four of Stephen Jay Gould's best known essays, as well as a few never before published speeches, will make a wonderful keepsake; a beautiful volume that will be pulled from your bookshelf and savored, time and again. Better yet, The Richness of Life would be the perfect primer for someone who has yet to discover his brilliant and ebullient writing on natural history.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The most entertaining and enlightening writings by the beloved paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and celebrant of the wonder of life.
"Synopsis" by , "Nature is so wondrously complex and varied that almost anything possible does happen....I rejoice in [its] multifariousness and leave the chimera of certainty to politicians and preachers."--from Ever Since Darwin

Upon his death in 2002, Stephen Jay Gould stood at the pinnacle among observers of the natural world, recognized by Congress as a "living legend." His prodigious legacy--sixteen best-selling and prize-winning books, dozens of scientific papers, an unbroken series of three hundred essays in Natural History--combined to make Gould the most widely read science writer of our time. This indispensable collection of forty-eight pieces from his brilliant oeuvre includes selections from classics such as Ever Since Darwin and The Mismeasure of Man, plus articles and speeches never before published in book form.

This volume, the last that will bear his name, spotlights his elegance, depth, and sheer pleasure in our world--a true celebration of an extraordinary mind.
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