Leonardo’s Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms: Essays on Natural History (Reflections in Natural History #8)

by Stephen Jay Gould

In this collection,Dr.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 422 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.04 out of 5
  • Published September 29th 1998 by Harmony
  • Original Title: Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms: Essays on Natural History
  • ISBN: 0609601415 (ISBN13: 9780609601419)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Series: Reflections in Natural History #8

In this collection, Dr. Gould consciously and unconventionally formulates a humanistic natural history, a consideration of how humans have learned to study and understand nature, rather than a history of nature itself. With his customary brilliance, Gould examines the puzzles and paradoxes great and small that build nature’s and humanity’s diversity and order. In affecting short biographies. he depicts how scholars grapple with problems of science and philosophy as he illuminates the interaction of the outer world with the unique human ability to struggle to understand the whys and wherefores of existence.