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Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms: Essays on Natural Historyby Stephen Jay. Gould
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Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms is the newest collection of best-selling scientist Stephen Jay Gould's popular essays from Natural History magazine (the longest-running series of scientific essays in history). It is also the first of the final three such collections, since Dr. Gould has announced that the series will end with the turn of the millennium.
In this collection, Gould consciously and unconventionally formulates a humanistic natural history, a consideration of how humans have learned to study and understand nature, rather than a history of nature itself. With his customary brilliance, Gould examines the puzzles and paradoxes great and small that build nature's and humanity's diversity and order. In affecting short biographies, he depicts how scholars grapple with problems of science and philosophy as he illuminates the interaction of the outer world with the unique human ability to struggle to understand the whys and wherefores of existence.
From the Hardcover edition.
Book News Annotation:
Calling the collection a humanist's natural history of evolutionary essays, Gould (1941-2002), one of the best known American scientists of the 20th century, looks at art and science, biographies in evolution, human prehistory, of history and toleration, evolutionary facts and theories, and different perceptions of common truths. Among specific topics are a seahorse for all races, our unusual unity, the dodo in the Caucus race, non-overlapping magisterial, and the triumph of root-heads. The book was first published by Harmony Books. Belknap Press is an imprint of Harvard University Press. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
With his customary brilliance, Gould examines the puzzles and paradoxes great and small that build nature’s and humanity’s diversity and order.
About the Author
Stephen Jay Gould was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard University and Vincent Astor Visiting Professor of Biology at New York University. A MacArthur Prize Fellow, he received innumerable honors and awards and wrote many books, including Ontogeny and Phylogeny and Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle (both from Harvard).
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