The Richness of Life

The Richness of Life

The Essential Stephen Jay Gould

Book - 2007
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"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 DarwinUpon 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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393064988
Branch Call Number: Science & Nature 508 GOU


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Nov 17, 2011

There is no denying that The Richness of Life is a dense book. In reading, I was forced to slow down and give serious consideration to the concepts Gould was presenting to understand them more fully. This was due to no ineptitude on Gould's part, but to the depth and breadth of the material presented.

I recommend this anthology for anyone who can appreciate a moderate but enthusiastic perspective on life, science, and morality. Gould stands in opposition to the dogmatic atheists of our day as a man who, although he personally has cast aside superstition and "faith", is not afraid to speak in terms easily understandable to those who have not yet done so. It is his words, not those of militant dogmaitcs, that will reach the masses and change the world for the better.


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