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Dinosaur in a Haystack

Reflections in Natural History
Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
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From paleontology, dinosaurs, and fossils to the fascinating and strange phenomena of life on Earth today, come the inspiration for Dinosaur in a Haystack, a collection of Stephen Jay Gould's best essays. Fads to fungus, baseball to beeswax, Gould always circles back to the great themes of time, change, and history. Alternating between amusement and awe, he digs deep into the particulars of people's lives and nature's ways. Gould's inimitable style makes history and science accessible and relevant to everyone.
©1996 by Stephen Jay Gould (P)1996 Dove Audio, Inc.

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Dinosaur in a Haystack:

The unabridged edition is masterpiece of collective leanings, covering a quandary of disciplines. Just to test ones vocabulary is worth this rendition of essays. Dr. Gould has over the years provided provocative and enlighten insights that have affecting our current educational protocol. From Dennis the short starting the ongoing controversy when does the century start, to the swirl of mollusk shells pertaining to publishing technique is just a brief illustration the diversity of this manuscript.
I bought the unabridged edition and plan to periodical listen for one can never absorbed 10 percent of it contents.
I highly recommend this book

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disappointment

I've read several Stephen Jay Gould books and loved them all. This one, however, I didn't enjoy at all. It isn't about natural history/science/nature and it's just not nearly as insightful and clever as the others I've read.

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