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  • Published: 31 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448113606
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272
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Life's Grandeur

The Spread of Excellence From Plato to Darwin




'Reading Gould is not merely a pleasure but an education and a chronicle of the times' - Observer

In his characteristically iconoclastic and original way, Stephen Jay Gould argues that progress and increasing complexity are not inevitable features of the evolution of life on Earth. Further, if we wish to see grandeur in life, we must discard our selfish and anthropocentric view of evolution and learn to see it as Darwin did, as the random but unfathomably rich source of 'endless forms most beautiful and wonderful'. Any rational view of nature tells us that we are a simple branch on an immense bush; and that life on Earth is remarkable not for where it is leading, but for the fullness and constancy of its variety, ingenuity and diversity.

  • Published: 31 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448113606
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272
Categories:

About the author

Stephen Jay Gould

Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University and the curator for invertebrate palaeontology in the University's Museum of Comparative Zoology. He is the author of over twenty books, and received the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship. He died in May 2002.

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Praise for Life's Grandeur

A hard, even ruthless, completion of Darwinism which is, nevertheless, exhilarating and allows for future argument

Melvyn Bragg, The Times

Gould only enriches the texture of his writing with each successive phase-He would not be the great science writer that he is if he were not also a great humanist

Marek Kohn, New Statesman & Society

Gould's depth and humanity fit him for Montaigne's mantle more plausibly that anyone else currently writing... Lucid, exciting, accessible

John Carey, Sunday Times

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