The Lying Stones of Marrakech: Penultimate Reflections in Natural History

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Three Rivers Press, 2000 - Science - 371 pages
In his latest collection of essays, bestselling scientist Stephen Jay Gould once again offers his unmistakable perspective on natural history and the people who have tried to make sense of it. Gould is planning to bring down the curtain on his nearly thirty-year stint as a monthly essayist for Natural History magazine, the longest-running series of scientific essays in history. This, then, is the next-to-last essay collection from one of the most acclaimed and widely read scientists of our time. In this work of twenty-three essays, selected by Booklist as one of the top ten science and technology books of 2000, Gould covers topics as diverse as episodes in the birth of paleontology to lessons from Britain's four greatest Victorian naturalists. The Lying Stones of Marrakech presents the richness and fascination of the various lives that have fueled the enterprise of science and opened our eyes to a world of unexpected wonders.
 

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Loved the title essay; skipped three of the more esoteric chapters; was a bit miffed over the Darwin chapters as I'm a Wallace supporter; and ended by thinking essays and columns are perfect for ... Read full review

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I find it surprising that this is the first book by Stephen Jay Gould that I selected as a "Pick" for the Journal of Chemical Education, since I own and have enjoyed reading many of them. I have had ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Present at the Creation
72
and Revision of Nature
115
Darwins Centuryand Ours
144
Recognizing the Multiple Facets of Genius
169
Six Little Pieces on the Meaning and Location
217
Science in Society
248
Evolution at All Scales
316
Illustration Credits
357
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STEPHEN JAY GOULD is the Alexander Agassiz Professor of zoology and professor of geology at Harvard and the curator for invertebrate paleontology in the university's Museum of Comparative Zoology. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and New York City.

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