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The Lying Stones of Marrakech

Penultimate Reflections in Natural History

Stephen Jay Gould


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In his latest collection of essays, bestselling scientist Stephen Jay Gould once again offers his unmistakable perspective on natural history and the people who have tried to make sense of it. Gould is planning to bring down the curtain on his nearly thirty-year stint as a monthly essayist for Natural History magazine, the longest-running series of scientific essays in history. This, then, is the next-to-last essay collection from one of the most acclaimed and widely read scientists of our time. In this work of twenty-three essays, selected by Booklist as one of the top ten science and technology books of 2000, Gould covers topics as diverse as episodes in the birth of paleontology to lessons from Britain’s four greatest Victorian naturalists. The Lying Stones of Marrakech presents the richness and fascination of the various lives that have fueled the enterprise of science and opened our eyes to a world of unexpected wonders.

Praise For The Lying Stones of Marrakech: Penultimate Reflections in Natural History

“[Gould’s] passionate commitment to precision and his sensitivity to the little wriggles of a million might have beens’ make The Lying
Stones of Marrakech
not just accessible but stimulating as well.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Vintage Gould: stimulating, erudite, and eminently enjoyable.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This collection evinces no dimming of Gould’s humanistic brilliance.”

Three Rivers Press, 9780609807552, 384pp.

Publication Date: April 17, 2001