Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms: Essays on Natural History

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Harmony Books, 1998 - Science - 422 pages
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Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms is the newest collection of best-selling scientist Stephen Jay Gould's popular essays from "Natural History magazine (the longest-running series of scientific essays in history). It is also the first of the final three such collections, since Dr. Gould has announced that the series will end with the turn of the millennium.
In this collection, Gould consciously and unconventionally formulates a humanistic natural history, a consideration of how humans have learned to study and understand nature, rather than a history of nature itself. With his customary brilliance, Gould examines the puzzles and paradoxes great and small that build nature's and humanity's diversity and order. In affecting short biographies, he depicts how scholars grapple with problems of science and philosophy as he illuminates the interaction of the outer world with the unique human ability to struggle to understand the whys and wherefores of existence.

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Review: Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms: Essays on Natural History (Reflections in Natural History #8)

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I found myself more confused than enlightened as I listened to the audio on this books. It may translate better on the page but the audio experience was not the best. Read full review

Review: Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms: Essays on Natural History (Reflections in Natural History #8)

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The worst book ever. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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Art and Science
7
The Upwardly Mobile Fossils of Leonardos
17
Copyright

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Stephen Jay Gould is the Alexander Agassiz professor of zoology and professor of geology at Harvard and the Vincent Astor visiting professor of biology at New York University. Recent books include Full House, Dinosaur in a Haystack and Questioning the Millennium.He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and New York City.

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