THE LYING STONES OF MARRAKECH

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Harvard University Press, Oct 1, 2011 - Science - 371 pages
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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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Contents

Preface
1
The Nature of Fossils and the Histor y of the Earth
7
How Frances Three Finest Scientists Established Natural History in an Age of Revolution
73
Lessons from Britains Four Greatest Victorian Naturalists
145
IV Six Little Pieces on the Meaning and Location of Excellence
217
V Science in Society
249
VI Evolution at all Scales
315
Illustration Credits
357
Index
358
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Stephen Jay Gould was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard University and Vincent Astor Visiting Professor of Biology at New York University. A MacArthur Prize Fellow, he received innumerable honors and awards and wrote many books, including Ontogeny and Phylogeny and Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle (both from Harvard).

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