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Stephen Jay Gould

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.

Awards

Books by Stephen Jay Gould

  1. Book CoverThe Book of Life: An Illustrated History of the Evolution of Life on Earth

    Second Edition

    A new edition of the beautifully illustrated depiction of the dramatic story of survival and extinction.More

  2. Book CoverBully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History


    "Provocative and delightfully discursive essays on natural history. . . . Gould is the Stan Musial of essay writing. He can work himself into a corkscrew of ideas and improbable allusions paragraph after paragraph and then, uncoiling, hit it with such power that his fans...More

  3. Book CoverEight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History


    "There is no scientist today whose books I look forward to reading with greater anticipation of enjoyment and enlightenment than Stephen Jay Gould."—Martin GardnerMore

  4. Book CoverEver Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History


    More than any other modern scientists, Stephen Jay Gould has opened up to millions the wonders of evolutionary biology. His genius as an essayist lies in his unmatched ability to use his knowledge of the world, including popular culture, to illuminate the realm of science.More

  5. Book CoverThe Flamingo's Smile: Reflections in Natural History


    "Gould himself is a rare and wonderful animal—a member of the endangered species known as the ruby-throated polymath. . . . [He] is a leading theorist on large-scale patterns in evolution . . . [and] one of the sharpest and most humane thinkers in the sciences." --David Quammen, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  6. Book CoverHen's Teeth and Horse's Toes: Further Reflections in Natural History


    "Lively and fascinating. . . . [Gould] writes beautifully about science and the wonders of nature."—Tracy KidderMore

  7. Book CoverThe Mismeasure of Man

    Revised & Expanded

    The definitive refutation to the argument of The Bell Curve.More

  8. Book CoverThe Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History


    "Gould is a natural writer; he has something to say and the inclination and skill with which to say it."—P. B. Medawar, New York Review of BooksMore

  9. Book CoverTriumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball


    "Scientific analysis intersects with flat-out fandom. [Gould] could write, he was funny, and he loved, loved baseball."—BooklistMore

  10. Book CoverAn Urchin in the Storm: Essays about Books and Ideas


    "What pleasure to see the dishonest, the inept, and the misguided deftly given their due, while praise is lavished on the deserving—for reasons well and truly stated."—Kirkus ReviewsMore

  11. Book CoverWonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History


    "[An] extraordinary book. . . . Mr. Gould is an exceptional combination of scientist and science writer. . . . He is thus exceptionally well placed to tell these stories, and he tells them with fervor and intelligence."—James Gleick, New York Times Book ReviewMore