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In The Structure of Evolutionary Theory, a monumental labor of academic love, Stephen Jay Gould attempts to define and revise that framework. Using the clear metaphors and personable style he is so well known for, Gould outlines the foundation of the theory and attempts to use it to show that modern evolutionary biology has lost its way. He then offers his own system for reconciling Darwin's "basic logical commitments" with the critiques of modern scientists.
Gould's massive opus begs a new look at natural selection with the full weight of history behind it. His opponents will find much to criticize, and orthodox, reductionist Darwinists might feel that Gould has given them short shrift. But as an opening monologue for the new century's biological debates, The Structure of Evolutionary Theory sets a mountainous precedent in exhaustive scholarship, careful logic, and sheer reading pleasure. --Therese Littleton
The Structure of Evolutionary Theory by Stephen Jay Gould is a remarkable book.
His great enthusiasm for the subject and his ability to make difficult scientific concepts accessible make this book a joy to read throughout.
If you don't like Gould's wordy and digressive writing style, you especially won't like this book.
Laurie Anderson once wondered: is time long, or is it wide..
This book is both. In prose that tends more towards the philosophical, than towards the style that one encounters... Read more
Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) wrote many other important books, such as Ontogeny and Phylogeny, Ever Since Darwin, The Panda's Thumb, Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes, The Flamingo's... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steven H. Propp
The field of evolutionary biology is changing so fast that this book will need to be supplemented. But this book tells you all you might ever wish to know about the state of the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by WILBUR FRIEDMAN
His harshest critics now explain his insight away by (disingenuously) saying it was trivial - "everyone has always really thought/meant that to be true"... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Christopher J. Davis
Stephen Jay Gould was an important and controversial evolutionary theorist, a qualified scientific historian, and one of the best popular science writers ever published. Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by Alex Cruikshank
While the general aim of this work appears to have been the final apologia for Stephen Jay Gould's (and Niles Eldridge's)theory of Punctuated Equilibrium and Gould's other work in... Read morePublished on June 5, 2011 by David A. Gibson
I thoroughly enjoyed the Structure of Evolutionary Theory. It is well written, concise, and easy for a man like me (art major) to understand. Read morePublished on March 23, 2011 by Dveduu
This is a preliminary review of this book after completing part one. I am about to embark on part two. Read morePublished on November 28, 2010 by Allan Greene
An excellent academic book that covers Gould's life work in detail. It will (or should) become a standard reference for postgraduate students of biological evolution. Read morePublished on March 14, 2007 by Andrew S. Wollin