Dinosaur in a Haystack: Reflections in Natural History (Reflections in Natural History #7)

by Stephen Jay Gould

Evolutionary biologist and paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould has perfected the art of the essay in this brilliant newcollection.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.09 out of 5
  • Published December 17th 1996 by Harmony Books
  • Original Title: Dinosaur in a Haystack: Reflections in Natural History
  • ISBN: 0517888246 (ISBN13: 9780517888247)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Series: Reflections in Natural History #7

Evolutionary biologist and paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould has perfected the art of the essay in this brilliant new collection. These thirty-four essays, most originally published in Natural History magazine, exemplify the keen insight with which Dr. Gould observes the natural world and convey the infectious enthusiasm for fossils and evolutionary theory that has made his books award-winning, national best-sellers. In his latest musings on evolution and other natural phenomena, Gould reveals the uncanny interconnections among distinctly human creations – museums, literature, music, politics, and culture – encompassing a delightfully, wide range of topics, from giant fossils, fads, and fungus to baseball, beeswax, and blaauwbocks, from a humanistic look at Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Erasmus Darwin’s poetry to the fallacies of eugenics and creationism and the moral imperatives of thinking people to meet the ethical challenges that pseudo-science presents.