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Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms: Essays on Natural History
Three Rivers Press : New York, 1998
QH81 .G67323 1999
Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms is a collection of best-selling scientist Stephen Jay Gould's popular essays from Natural History magazine (the longest-running series of scientific essays in history). In this collection, selected by Library Journal as one of the Best Science and Technology Books of 1998, 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.
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