I read this book looking to criticize, but instead I gave great praise. This book is perfect for natural science students with an interest in natural history, but is written with enough humour to keep the interest of anyone with even a passing interest in natural science.
There is a great deal of criticism in science journals and popular science books about some of Goulds ideas and I am no exception. As a gradualist I find Goulds ideas on punctuated equilibrium contraditory to what we real find in nature. Despite this everything esle about these essays is brillient. Gould shows a massive amount of knowledge about natural history, zoology and history and knows how to put it over with out needing to give too much scientific detail.
This book is fun and easy to read, you will learn a lot about things you may have thought you already knew about and it will open your eyes to many new lines of thought.
A great book for everyone interested in science.