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3.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 5 3.48 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Jay Gould Narrator: Meredith MacRae and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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From paleontology, dinosaurs, and fossils to the fascinating and strange phenomena of life on Earth today, come the inspiration for Dinosaur in a Haystack, a collection of Stephen Jay Gould's best essays. Fads to fungus, baseball to beeswax, Gould always circles back to the great themes of time, change, and history. Alternating between amusement and awe, he digs deep into the particulars of people's lives and nature's ways. Gould's inimitable style makes history and science accessible and relevant to everyone. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 11/16/2013

    " As usual, I found Stephen Jay Gould an amazing thinker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keira | 9/7/2013

    " Didn't finish because my dog ate it. Seriously. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 3/8/2013

    " An awesome series of natural history essays from the amazing Stephen Jay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annielaural | 3/7/2013

    " You just can't beat Gould. He is the best, the most complex, and the most interesting writer on science and the social scene. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M. D. Hudson | 6/19/2012

    " Stephen Jay Gould is a shameless over-writer -- I swear his books could be half the length if you cut out the ponderously funny asides and unconvincing self-deprecations...still, I keep reading his essays for the really smart scientist back there. I learn stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jarkko Laine | 12/4/2011

    " I enjoyed the style of the book, and the open, honest attitude towards the advancement of science. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michel | 6/16/2011

    " Bij het herlezen is het toch minder dan ik het me herinnerde: telkens hetzelfde formuletje, met niet echt een lijn erin. Maar toch: zeer goed, en een uitstekend boek om op het toilet te leggen en daar te lezen: een essay kan in twee, ahem, keer, gelezen zijn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 5/13/2011

    " some good, some bad, but they're all essays, so you don't have to read the whole thing. also, there is a t. rex on the cover. sweet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica Copeland | 4/5/2011

    " He talked about literature and authors almost as much as natural history, and I really enjoyed the connections he drew. I rec this to anyone who's up for a good think en route. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 EP | 3/31/2011

    " Several different stories. Found most of them totally dull and could not get into them. I did enjoyed #5 - The Monster's Human Nature. Good thing about the book is you can pick and choose what story to read and move on when you want to.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Perry | 2/25/2011

    " My 1st Gould experience. His writing can be somewhat academic and slow, but many nice points. @PerryMissner "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 12/14/2010

    " I gave up on this book. Way too technical and dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 9/30/2010

    " Yeah, so I guess I'm probably going to read every book he's ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 2/21/2010

    " Really got me thinking about apriori assumptions in science. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pancha | 12/30/2009

    " I got about halfway through and then went "meh." I thought Your Inner Fish was much more interesting, although not as broad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. D. | 9/3/2009

    " Reread after twenty years, Gould's scientific essays are as fresh and
    thought-provoking as ever. His recent early death is a great loss to
    all those to whom knowledge is not trivial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 7/24/2009

    " Well written with little gems of information about the natural world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Logan | 7/14/2009

    " Gould's essays are very interesting, but have little practical purpose. Very good books, however: I am in no way trying to discourage one from reading them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 3/1/2009

    " Excellent book. Gould is one of our great naturalist essayists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 1/7/2009

    " These essays on how evolution works, human evolution, dinosaurs, the follies of scientific racism, Mickey Mouse, the scientific method, and more are old but not dated. A great collection! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 12/21/2008

    " SJG is just the man. You want to understand the world and its eccentricities, read gould. "

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About the Author

Stephen Jay Gould (1941–2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and professor of geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.