An Urchin in the Storm: Essays About Books and Ideas by Stephen Jay Gould

By Stephen Jay Gould

"What excitement to work out the cheating, the inept, and the inaccurate deftly given their due, whereas compliment is lavished at the deserving―for purposes good and actually stated."―Kirkus Reviews

Ranging so far as the fox and as deep because the hedgehog (the urchin of his title), Stephen Jay Gould expands on geology, organic determinism, "cardboard Darwinism," and evolutionary conception during this glowing assortment.

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