Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms by Stephen Jay Gould
Essays on Natural History

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Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms is the newest collection of best-selling scientist Stephen Jay Gould's popular essays from Natural History magazine (the longest-running series of scientific essays in history). It is also the first of the final three such collections, since Dr. Gould has announced that the series will end with the turn of the millennium.
In this collection, 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.

About Stephen Jay Gould

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Stephen Jay Gould is the Alexander Agassiz professor of zoology and professor of geology at Harvard and the Vincent Astor visiting professor of biology at New York University. Recent books include Full House, Dinosaur in a Haystack and Questioning the Millennium.He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and New York City.
Published January 1, 1998 by Jonathan Cape. 432 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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In the latest selection from this self-described "essay-machine," Gould gathers together sundry Natural History columns, mingling natural history knowhow with his characteristic humanist outlook.

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