Sunday, 8 November 2009

Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould

Collected essays.

This is what Gould is best at. Enjoy them for the writing ability, the beautiful linking of apparently disparate facts and anecdotes or the key thought provoking messages that usually involve some form of humbling perspective on the universe or human beings.

Particular highlights for me were the writings on the evolution of the bones of the inner ear and an exposition on the philosophical bond between Darwin and right wing economics.

Well worth a read.

Three and a half out of five stars.

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