"As witty as he is learned, Gould has a born essayist's ability to evoke the general out of fascinating particulars... He is a thinker and writer as central to our times as any whose name comes to mind... Whether he is explaining how zebras get their stripes, [or] why it is fallacious to assume that extinction means biological 'failure' ... Gould's passion for truth an generosity of spirit make him one of nature's true wonders." -- Gene Lyons "Lively and fascinating... [Gould] writes beautifully about science and the wonders of nature." -- Tracy Kidder "Delectable... A happy evolutionary tour de force. Gould is a true natural philosopher in the grand tradition of the Enlightenment. Read, learn, and enjoy."
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.