Search Results: "Stephen Jay Gould"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Gould fans will be charmed at the cogency and cleverness of his arguments—but expect a wall of opposition from pious and diehard progressivists. (50 illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
Now hear this: Evolution is not progressive. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 13, 1991

"Bully for Brontosaurus and bully for Gould, too."
Gould's picks of the best of six years' worth of his ``This View of Life'' columns in Natural History add up to dozens of choice essays. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"No more Natural History columns, but the future will no doubt see much more from Gould, a self-described addict of the short form. These essays trail in his wake like mushrooms after a rain. (b&w illustrations)"
Thirty-one sprightly and invaluable essays, in which the play of "little odd tidbits as illustrations of general theories" the author has raised to an art form. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MISMEASURE OF MAN by Stephen Jay Gould
Released: Oct. 26, 1981

"With outrageous illustrations and examples of early tests, a stylishly provocative work."
"Shared dogmas masquerading as objectivity" . . . idée fixe . . . circular reasoning . . . reification . . . unconscious bias . . . outright fraud. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 7, 1998

"Gently iconoclastic, always illuminating essays from the science writer whose prose can bring to life not only theories but even the fossils themselves. (30 b&w illustrations)"
In the latest selection from this self-described "essay-machine," Gould gathers together sundry Natural History columns, mingling natural history knowhow with his characteristic humanist outlook. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"Just the thing for spring training, and a lovely farewell gift from a clear-headed and passionate thinker."
In this sparkling collection, the late paleontologist and popular science essayist (The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magister's Pox, see above) gathers random writings on one of his many passions: baseball. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"No better proof can be offered of the importance of Gould's kind of biology than this collection itself. (35 b&w illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
Thirty-four essays—count 'em—of choice Gouldian prose in this latest collection of his monthly pieces for Natural History magazine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Readers will be moved by Gould's personal account of the process and the person involved. (16 b&w illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
``What?,'' ``When?,'' and ``Why?'' are the titles Gould gives to the three short essays probing humankind's fascination with thousand-year intervals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"Gould, who lived and died exemplifying that sort of consilience, clearly has the last word."
The late paleontologist is in full and eloquent posthumous voice as he laments a false dichotomy that has pitted science against the humanities, including religion and ethics, since the 17th century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2002 by Stephen Jay Gould
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Compares favorably, piece by piece, to its cousins in poetry and short story."
Eighteenth edition of the annual known for its high standards lives up to its predecessors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"Vintage Gould: stimulating, erudite, and eminently enjoyable."
From the distinguished and eloquent Gould (Zoology & Geology/Harvard; Leonardo's Mountain and the Diet of Worms, 1998), a characteristically genial and stimulating intellectual stroll. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Gould says the columns will continue through January 2001—for which readers everywhere should be grateful. (Drawings.)"
Who could resist a title like that—and, knowing the author, who wouldn't surmise that Gould (Bully for Brontosaurus, 1991, etc.) is again up to his old trick of demonstrating that five fingers and five toes are not the primordial/canonical mammalian standard. Read full book review >