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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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Review: The Lying Stones of Marrakech: Penultimate Reflections in Natural History (Reflections in Natural History #9)

User Review  - Rob - Goodreads

I generally enjoyed all of these essays, but I found some of them to be exceptional--especially "Above All, Do No Harm". Mr Gould's humane rationalism and wide-ranging tastes (and erudition in classical culture) made these books a treat to read. Read full review

Review: The Lying Stones of Marrakech: Penultimate Reflections in Natural History (Reflections in Natural History #9)

User Review  - Tonir - Goodreads

A landmark book - fluid account of scientific discovery Read full review


The Nature of Fossils and the Histor y of the Earth
How Frances Three Finest Scientists Established Natural History in an Age of Revolution
Lessons from Britains Four Greatest Victorian Naturalists
IV Six Little Pieces on the Meaning and Location of Excellence
V Science in Society
VI Evolution at all Scales
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Born in New York City in 1941, Stephen Jay Gould received his B.A. from Antioch College in New York in 1963 and a Ph.D. in paleontology from Columbia University in 1967. Gould spent most of his career as a professor at Harvard University and curator of invertebrate paleontology at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology. His research was mainly in the evolution and speciation of land snails. Gould was a leading proponent of the theory of punctuated equilibrium. This theory holds that few evolutionary changes occur among organisms over long periods of time, and then a brief period of rapid changes occurs before another long, stable period of equilibrium sets in. Gould also made significant contributions to the field of evolutionary developmental biology, most notably in his work, Ontogeny and Phylogeny. An outspoken advocate of the scientific outlook, Gould had been a vigorous defender of evolution against its creation-science opponents in popular magazines focusing on science. He wrote a column for Natural History and has produced a remarkable series of books that display the excitement of science for the layperson. Among his many awards and honors, Gould won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His titles include; Ever Since Darwin, The Panda's Thumb, Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes, Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History, The Structure of Evolutionary Theory and Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin. Stephen Jay Gould died on May 20, 2002, following his second bout with cancer.

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