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“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 (Newsweek)
“Lively and fascinating. . . . [Gould] writes beautifully about science and the wonders of nature.” — Tracy Kidder
“Delectable. . . . A happy evolutionary . Gould is a true natural philosopher in the grand tradition of the Enlightenment. Read, learn, and enjoy.” — Washington Post Book World
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.