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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (292 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Jay Gould Narrator: Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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In this essay collection, Stephen Jay Gould examines the puzzles and paradoxes great and small that build nature's and humanity's diversity and order. He formulates a humanistic natural history, one that considers how humans have learned to study and understand nature, rather than a history of nature itself. And through short biographies, Gould depicts how scholars grapple with problems of science and philosophy and illuminates the interaction of the outer world with the unique human ability to struggle to understand the whys and wherefores of existence. This collection is the first of the final 3 essay collections from Gould, who has announced that the series will end with the turn of the millennium. 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 David M | 6/16/2013

    " love gould "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benedict Reid | 4/12/2013

    " He's so, so good. History and it's impact on modern thinking... as with all his collections of essays. The one flaw is that it's a bit too long. I'd read a lot more of him if his collections were novel sized rather than war and piece. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gemma | 3/11/2013

    " If I had read this book 15 years ago, my life would probably have taken a different path. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 7/18/2012

    " Typical high quality of Goulds writing. This is a series of essays on a range of subjects that have piqued his curiosity. While this could be of somewhat greater interest to non-scientists than much of his work, it is primarily for scientists with interest in paleontology and evolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Marble | 2/17/2011

    " Stephen Jay Gould was one of the widest ranging intellects of the 20th cent. His sentances are often complex and his range of thought can be dizzying, but he is always amusing and fascinating. I enjoy learning about the wilder corners of science, and Gould is the best teacher! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 11/2/2010

    " A wonderful collection of some of Gould's columns - covering issues from an evolutionary biology point of view. Gould's rational thought and ability to illustrate with examples from the real world enrich our understanding of the world and more importantly, ourselves... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 10/1/2009

    " Typical high quality of Goulds writing. This is a series of essays on a range of subjects that have piqued his curiosity. While this could be of somewhat greater interest to non-scientists than much of his work, it is primarily for scientists with interest in paleontology and evolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gemma | 9/3/2008

    " If I had read this book 15 years ago, my life would probably have taken a different path. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 9/23/2007

    " A wonderful collection of some of Gould's columns - covering issues from an evolutionary biology point of view. Gould's rational thought and ability to illustrate with examples from the real world enrich our understanding of the world and more importantly, ourselves... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 8/25/2007

    " Stephen Jay Gould was one of the widest ranging intellects of the 20th cent. His sentances are often complex and his range of thought can be dizzying, but he is always amusing and fascinating. I enjoy learning about the wilder corners of science, and Gould is the best teacher! "

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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.

About the Narrator

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (1918–2014) was born in New York City and trained at the Yale School of Drama. An actor on stage, film, and television, he was also a narrator, voice-over artist, director, and award-winning producer. He is best remembered for his role as investigators on the TV shows 77 Sunset Strip and The FBI.