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Life's Grandeur: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin

By: Stephen Jay Gould

244 pages, B/w illus, figs


Paperback | Aug 2005 | #65637 | ISBN: 0099893606
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Hardback | Nov 1996 | #58322 | ISBN: 0224041320
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In this fascinating volume of palaeontological and biological arcana, Gould argues that progress and increasing complexity are not inevitable features of the evolution of life on earth. Indeed, we should learn to appreciate nature not for where it is leading, but for the fullness and constancy of its variety, ingenuity and diversity. To see the full grandeur in life, we must discard our selfish and anthropocentric view of evolution. NB: published in the US as Full House.

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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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