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Life's Grandeur
By Stephen Jay Gould

Life's Grandeur

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Life's Grandeur by Stephen Jay Gould

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In his characteristically iconoclastic and original way, Stephen Jay Gould argues that progress and increasing complexity are not inevitable features of the evolution of life on Earth. Further, if we wish to see grandeur in life, we must discard our selfish and anthropocentric view of evolution and learn to see it as Darwin did, as the random but unfathomably rich source of 'endless forms most beautiful and wonderful'. Any rational view of nature tells us that we are a simple branch on an immense bush; and that life on Earth is remarkable not for where it is leading, but for the fullness and constancy of its variety, ingenuity and diversity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099893608
ISBN-10: 0099893606
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 4-Sep-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms by Stephen Jay Gould Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms, Paperback (September 2011)

With his customary brilliance, Gould examines the puzzles and paradoxes great and small that build nature's and humanity's diversity and order.

Dinosaur in a Haystack by Stephen Jay Gould Dinosaur in a Haystack, Paperback (September 2011)

From fads to fungus, baseball to beeswax, Gould always circles back to the great themes of time, change, and history, carrying readers home to the centering theme of evolution.

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Author Biography - Stephen Jay Gould

Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University and the curator for invertebrate palaeontology in the University's Museum of Comparative Zoology. He is the author of over twenty books, and received the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship. He died in May 2002.

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