The Richness of Life

The Richness of Life

The Essential Stephen Jay Gould

Book - 2007
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Collects forty-four key segments from the late paleontologist and evolutionary biologist's books, papers, and essays, in a collection that includes an assortment of previously unpublished articles and speeches.
Publisher: New York : Norton, 2007, c2006
ISBN: 9780393064988
Branch Call Number: 508 GOU
Characteristics: xiv, 654 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Nov 17, 2011

There is no denying that The Richness of Life is a dense book. In reading, I was forced to slow down and give serious consideration to the concepts Gould was presenting to understand them more fully. This was due to no ineptitude on Gould's part, but to the depth and breadth of the material presented.

I recommend this anthology for anyone who can appreciate a moderate but enthusiastic perspective on life, science, and morality. Gould stands in opposition to the dogmatic atheists of our day as a man who, although he personally has cast aside superstition and "faith", is not afraid to speak in terms easily understandable to those who have not yet done so. It is his words, not those of militant dogmaitcs, that will reach the masses and change the world for the better.

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