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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent anthology of Stephen Gould's essays, 13 Jan. 2010
This review is from: The Richness of Life: A Stephen Jay Gould Reader (Paperback)
This anthology is drawn from the books Stephen Jay Gould wrote during his lifetime, including the ones compiled from 300 essays he wrote for Natural History magazine. I've given The Richness of Life five stars, but as Stephen Gould is an iconoclast I can imagine that readers who are wedded to the orthodoxy that evolution has been an inevitable progression towards Homo sapiens won't like it.

The editors, Paul McGarr and Steven Rose, have done an excellent job of selecting a representative sample of Gould's writings. The 44 chapters are divided into seven sections:

1. Autobiography
2. Biographies
3. Evolutionary Theory
4. Size, Form, and Shape
5. Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology
6. Racism, Scientific and Otherwise
7. Religion

Autobiography:
In this section Stephen Gould shares personal stories about himself, including his love of baseball.

Biographies:
Here, Gould's purpose is to rescue from oblivion a person or episode overlooked by most popular histories of science.

Religion:
This section covers 'creationism' and Gould's contention that religion and science belong to non-overlapping realms of inquiry.

However, overall, the themes are mainly those identified by the previous reviewer, demola.
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