Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale And The Nature Of History by Stephen Jay GouldWonderful Life: The Burgess Shale And The Nature Of History by Stephen Jay Gould

Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale And The Nature Of History

byStephen Jay Gould

Paperback | December 26, 2006

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High in the Canadian Rockies is a small limestone quarry formed 530 million years ago called the Burgess Shale. It hold the remains of an ancient sea where dozens of strange creatures lived—a forgotten corner of evolution preserved in awesome detail. In this book Stephen Jay Gould explores what the Burgess Shale tells us about evolution and the nature of history.
Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.
Title:Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale And The Nature Of HistoryFormat:PaperbackPublished:December 26, 2006Publisher:WW Norton

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:039330700X

ISBN - 13:9780393307009


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book I first had this book assigned as a required reading in a Political Science course in University. Putting off readings in that course was a bad habit, so for interest a year later I picked up the book and thought it was great. I'm not the scientific type, but this book easily challenged my pre-conceived notions about evolution.
Date published: 2000-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Life I went on the 20 km Burgess Shale hike in Field, BC, this summer and was intrigued by the history and science of the region. In 1909, Charles Dolittle Walcott of the Smithsonian Institute discovered a small limestone quarry, known as the Burgess Shale, that formed 530 million years ago from an ancient sea that contained within it a wondrous array of fossils. These anthropoid creatures are preserved in exquisite detail, and are the ancestors of many modern animal groups. Gould's discussion on the role of chance in the evolution of life on earth will fascinate anyone interested in paleontology, geology, and evolution.
Date published: 1999-04-13

From Our Editors

"Luminous. . .Filled with profound and upsetting ideas like the Burgess Shale itself and just as solid. It is surely one of nature's best stories, told with a light touce by a master of the field".--Lewis Thomas, M.D.

Editorial Reviews

There is no question about the historical importance of the Burgess Shale, and Gould is right when he says that it deserves a place in the public consciousness along with big bangs and black holes. . . . A compelling story, told with characteristic verve. — Richard A. Fortey (Nature)Gould at his best. . . . The message of history is superbly conveyed. . . . Recommended reading for scientists and nonscientists of all persuasions. — Walter C. Sweet (Science)