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Stephen Jay Gould (1941–2002)

Author of Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

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About the Author

Born in New York City in 1941, Stephen Jay Gould received his B.A. from Antioch College in New York in 1963 and a Ph.D. in paleontology from Columbia University in 1967. Gould spent most of his career as a professor at Harvard University and curator of invertebrate paleontology at Harvard's Museum show more of Comparative Zoology. His research was mainly in the evolution and speciation of land snails. Gould was a leading proponent of the theory of punctuated equilibrium. This theory holds that few evolutionary changes occur among organisms over long periods of time, and then a brief period of rapid changes occurs before another long, stable period of equilibrium sets in. Gould also made significant contributions to the field of evolutionary developmental biology, most notably in his work, Ontogeny and Phylogeny. An outspoken advocate of the scientific outlook, Gould had been a vigorous defender of evolution against its creation-science opponents in popular magazines focusing on science. He wrote a column for Natural History and has produced a remarkable series of books that display the excitement of science for the layperson. Among his many awards and honors, Gould won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His titles include; Ever Since Darwin, The Panda's Thumb, Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes, Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History, The Structure of Evolutionary Theory and Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin. Stephen Jay Gould died on May 20, 2002, following his second bout with cancer. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Stephen Jay Gould

The Mismeasure of Man [Revised & Expanded] (1981) 1,853 copies, 19 reviews
Ever Since Darwin: Reflections on Natural History (1977) 1,803 copies, 26 reviews
Bully for Brontosaurus (1991) 1,669 copies, 13 reviews
Dinosaur in a Haystack (1996) 1,540 copies, 10 reviews
The Mismeasure of Man (1981) 1,437 copies, 15 reviews
Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes (1980) 1,346 copies, 12 reviews
The Structure of Evolutionary Theory (2002) 945 copies, 10 reviews
Ontogeny and Phylogeny (1977) 362 copies
Conversations About the End of Time (1998) 296 copies, 5 reviews
The Best American Essays 2002 (2002) — Editor; Introduction — 223 copies, 1 review
Adam's Navel (1993) 137 copies, 4 reviews
Crossing Over Where Art and Science Meet (2000) 113 copies, 1 review
Punctuated Equilibrium (2007) 107 copies, 1 review
Illuminations: A Bestiary (1986) 59 copies, 1 review
Alexis Rockman (2004) 16 copies, 1 review
Gould. Obra Esencial (2003) 6 copies
Il millennio che non c'è (1999) 4 copies
Les quatre antilopes de l'apocalypse (2000) 4 copies, 1 review
"Curveball" 3 copies
A Wiccan Reader, Vol. 1 (2010) 3 copies
I pilastri del tempo (2000) 2 copies
Firtinadaki Kirpi (2012) 2 copies
Dějiny planety Země (1998) 1 copy
Os Oito Porquinhos (1996) 1 copy

Associated Works

Nightmares and Dreamscapes (1993) — Narrator, some editions — 8,461 copies, 62 reviews
The Far Side Gallery 3 (1988) — Foreword — 2,156 copies, 11 reviews
In the Shadow of Man (1971) — Preface, some editions — 1,355 copies, 13 reviews
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008) — Contributor — 807 copies, 6 reviews
Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea (2001) — Introduction, some editions — 800 copies, 10 reviews
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Contributor — 788 copies, 4 reviews
Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series (1963) — Introduction, some editions — 773 copies, 13 reviews
Darwin (Norton Critical Edition) (1970) — Contributor — 661 copies, 4 reviews
Baseball: A Literary Anthology (2002) — Contributor — 339 copies, 4 reviews
Man's Place in Nature (1863) — Introduction, some editions — 251 copies, 1 review
Hidden Histories of Science (1995) — Contributor — 241 copies, 2 reviews
A Glorious Accident: Understanding Our Place in the Cosmic Puzzle (1993) — Contributor — 222 copies, 6 reviews
The Value of Science: Essential Writings of Henri Poincare (1958) — Editor, some editions — 210 copies
The Best American Essays 1994 (1994) — Contributor — 182 copies
The Best American Science Writing 2000 (2000) — Contributor — 167 copies
The Best American Essays 1991 (1991) — Contributor — 144 copies, 1 review
The Best American Science Writing 2001 (2001) — Contributor — 133 copies
Charles Darwin's Letters: A Selection, 1825-1859 (2008) — Introduction, some editions — 124 copies, 2 reviews
Fossils: The Evolution and Extinction of Species (1991) — Introduction — 123 copies, 1 review
The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms (1881) — Foreword, some editions — 121 copies, 6 reviews
The Best American Essays 1990 (1990) — Contributor — 119 copies
The Simpsons: Season 09 (2014) — Guest star — 95 copies, 1 review
Athanasius Kircher: the Last Man Who Knew Everything (2004) — Contributor, some editions — 95 copies
Granta 16: Science (1985) — Contributor — 82 copies
The Best American Essays 1986 (1986) — Contributor — 70 copies, 1 review
The Art of National Geographic (1999) — Foreword — 66 copies
The Viking Atlas of Evolution (1996) — Consulting editor — 14 copies
Dinosaurs and other monsters (2004) — Contributor — 4 copies
New Scientist, 12 March 1987 (1987) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Gould, Stephen Jay
Legal name
Gould, Stephen Jay
Birthdate
1941-09-10
Date of death
2002-05-20
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
New York, New York, USA
Place of death
New York, New York, USA
Cause of death
metastatic adenocarcinoma
Places of residence
New York, New York, USA
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Education
Antioch College (BA|1963)
Columbia University (Ph.D|1967)
Occupations
professor
evolutionary biologist
historian of science
paleontologist
Relationships
Shearer, Rhonda Roland (2nd wife)
Organizations
Harvard University
American Museum of Natural History
Paleontological Society
Society for the Study of Evolution
Museum of Comparative Zoology
Awards and honors
Library of Congress "Living Legends Award" for scientists and inventors"
Humanist of the Year (2001)
MacArthur Fellowship (1981)
Linnean Medal (1992)
Darwin-Wallace Medal (2008)
Paleontological Society Medal (2002) (show all 19)
Golden Plate Award (1982)
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (1983)
National Academy of Sciences (1989)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1983)
St. Louis Literary Award (1994)
Sue Tyler Friedman Medal (1989)
Charles Schuchert Award (1975)
Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science (1983, 1990)
National Book Award (1981)
National Book Critics Circle Award (1981)
In Praise of Reason Award (1986)
The Isaac Asimov Award (1995)
The Pantheon of Skeptics (2011)
Disambiguation notice
This is the author page for Stephen Jay Gould. For the mystery writer, please see Stephen Gould. If you have books by the scientist listed as by "Stephen Gould", please consider editing the author field to include his full name. Thank you.

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Reviews

Very interesting, and argumentatively sound. But without much of the humor of Gould's other works and tends toward rambling and repetition.
 
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capincus | 18 other reviews | Jul 13, 2024 |
Survey of scientific racism through the centuries, and the explanations why each was wrong.
 
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SteveCarl | 14 other reviews | Jun 24, 2024 |
"The need for analysis is timeless because the errors of biological determinism are so deep and insidious, and because the argument appeals to the worst manifestations of our common nature."

Gould revised, updated, and expanded his original collection to directly take on The Bell Curve, one of the most onerous and egregious use of falsified information published under the name of science in recent memory. Gould uses his expertise and candor to refute the horse pucky of Murray and Herrnstein. The book wouldn't deserve my mention in a review except that, unlike Gould hopes, The Bell Curve has not faded into memory. Instead, thanks to Sam Harris and other "New Atheists," the book got a revival and has taken on new life. So, it seems, that Gould's book should be required reading. We live in a terrible time, when the lies of race science are somehow beginning to take a main stage again. There will likely never be time when books like Gould's are not needed.… (more)
 
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IriDas | 18 other reviews | Jun 4, 2024 |
Engaging, thoughtful and accessible essays on evolution and more.
 
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sfj2 | 20 other reviews | May 21, 2024 |

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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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Favorited
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