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Stephen J Gould

Ever Since Darwin

Stephen Jay Gould is well known for his writings on Natural History. 'Ever Since Darwin' is his first collection of essays on the subject. Thus we find out about why the Irish Elk's antlers kept on getting bigger, even though this seemed to lead it to extinction, and about why cicadas stay in their larval stage for a prime nubmer of years. More importantly he argues that classifying people by race is fundamentally misconcieved. And if you hear about an ID'er with a 'new' argument against evolution then you should take a look at this book - Gould was refuting such arguments 30 years and more ago.

This is an early work by Gould and I felt that he was still finding his way in writing essays. Firstly they are too short to develop a satisfactory argument - they tend to end suddenly. Secondly, having several essays dealing with the same subject makes the book a bit repetitive. These are minor criticisms though - most collections of essays suffer from these problems, and it's to Gould's credit that he managed to avoid them in his later works. But this book is still well worth reading, especially if you prefer dipping into the shorter essays, rather than reading the whole book at once.

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More than any other modern scientists, Stephen Jay Gould has opened up to millions the wonders of evolutionary biology. His genius as an essayist lies in his unmatched ability to use his knowledge of the world, including popular culture, to illuminate the realm of science.

Ever Since Darwin, Stephen Jay Gould's first book, has sold more than a quarter of a million copies. Like all succeeding collections by this unique writer, it brings the art of the scientific essay to unparalleled heights.