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Bully For Stephen Gould
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2012
A Harvard education for a couple bucks. I started with Bully for Brontosaurus that I picked up at a seaman's book exchange for free. Gould [deceased] was a Harvard professor that taught geology and natural history and his books are a collection of essays that were mostly printed in "Nature" and other periodicals. With no background in either subject and having never seen the periodicals, I find the essays very readable, informative, and filled with "wow" moments; I never knew that, I never considered that, that's amazing, etc. Gould sometimes wanders into the political arena [Mismeasure of Man]and has a strong point of view on evolution which sometimes wanders into the political but that aside the essays are superb and very readable. I'm on my fourth Gould book now [Hen's Teeth] and by the time I read them all I figure I've had at least an "Introduction to Geology and Natural History" from Harvard for less than $50. A background in the subjects isn't required to enjoy the essays. As an added bonus Gould introduces the reader to other works. Darwin's Worms isn't something I would have read without Gould's essay. Enough said; as a tip, you can buy Gould's books used on Amazon from different dealers for as low as a penny and a couple bucks shipping. I should have three of them waiting for me at the next mail drop. All of Gould's books are available on Kindle for $9.99 or less. Those I've read I'll drop at a book exchange as payback or leave in a laudromat.