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I Have Landed: The End of a Beginning in Natural History Here Is Bestselling Scientist Stephen Jay Gould S Tenth And Final Collection Based On His Remarkable Series For Natural History Magazine Exactly Consecutive Essays, With Never A Month Missed, Published From To Both An Intellectually Thrilling Journey Into The Nature Of Scientific Discovery And The Most Personal Book He Has Ever Published, I Have Landed Marks The End Of A Significant Chapter In The Career Of One Of The Most Acclaimed And Widely Read Scientists Of Our Time Gould Writes About The Themes That Have Defined His Career, Which His Readers Have Come To Expect And Celebrate, Casting New Light Upon Them And Conveying The Ideas That Science Professionals Exchange Among Themselves Minus The Technical Jargon Here, Of Course, Is Charles Darwin, From His Centrality To Any Sound Scientific Education To Little Known Facts About His Life Gould Touches On Subjects As Far Reaching And Disparate As Feathered Dinosaurs, The Scourge Of Syphilis And The Frustration Of The Man Who Identified It, And Freud S Evolutionary Fantasy He Writes Brilliantly Of Nabokov S Delicately Crafted Drawings Of Butterflies And The True Meaning Of Biological Diversity And In The Poignant Title Essay, He Details His Grandfather S Journey From Hungary To America, Where He Arrived On September , It Is From His Grandfather S Journal Entry Of That Day, Stating Simply I Have Landed, That The Book S Title Was Drawn This Landing Occurred Years To The Day Before Our Greatest Recent Tragedy, Also Explored, But With Optimism, In The Concluding Section Of The Book Presented In Eight Parts, I Have Landed Begins With A Remembrance Of A Moment Of Wonder From Childhood In Part II, Gould Explains That Humanistic Disciplines Are Not Antithetical To Theoretical Or Applied Sciences Rather, They Often Share A Commonality Of Method And Motivation, With Great Potential To Enhance The Achievements Of Each Other, An Assertion Perfectly Supported By Essays On Such Notables As Nabokov And Frederic Church Part III Contains What No Gould Collection Would Be Complete Without His Always Compelling Mini Intellectual Biographies, Which Render Each Subject And His Work Deserving Of Reevaluation And Renewed Significance In This Collection Of Figures Compelling And Strange, Gould Exercises One Of His Greatest Strengths, The Ability To Reveal A Significant Scientific Concept Through A Finely Crafted And Sympathetic Portrait Of The Person Behind The Science Turning His Pen To Three Key Figures Sigmund Freud, Isabelle Duncan, And E Ray Lankester, The Latter An Unlikely Attendee Of The Funeral Of Karl Marx He Highlights The Effect Of The Darwinian Revolution And Its Resonance On Their Lives And Work Part IV Encourages The Reader Through What Gould Calls Intellectual Paleontology To Consider Scientific Theories Of The Sixteenth And Seventeenth Centuries In A New Light And To Recognize The Limitations Our Own Place In History May Impose On Our Understanding Of Those Ideas Part V Explores The Op Ed Genre And Includes Two Essays With Differing Linguistic Formats, Which Address The Continual Tug Of War Between The Study Of Evolution And Creationism In Subsequent Essays, In True Gould Fashion, We Are Treated To Moments Of Good Humor, Especially When He Leads Us To Topics That Bring Him Obvious Delight, Such As Dorothy Sayers Novels And His Enduring Love Of Baseball And All Its Dramas There Is An Ardent Admiration Of The Topsy Turvy World Of Gilbert And Sullivan Wonderfully Demonstrated In The Jacket Illustration , Who Are Not Above Inclusion In All Things Evolutionary This Is Truly Gould S Most Personal Work To Date How Fitting That This Final Collection Should Be His Most Revealing And, In Content, The One That Reflects Most Clearly The Complexity, Breadth Of Knowledge, And Optimism That Characterize Gould Himself I Have Landed Succeeds In Reinforcing Gould S Underlying And Constant Theme From The Series Commencement Thirty Years Ago The Study Of Our Own Scientific, Intellectual, And Emotional Evolution Bringing Reader And Author Alike To What Can Only Be Described As A Brilliantly Written And Very Natural Conclusion From The Hardcover Edition

10 thoughts on “I Have Landed: The End of a Beginning in Natural History

  1. says:

    Why Not in Wonderland Once again, I have taken up a book of Stephen Jay Gould s essays There is no doubt that he was one of the best essayists of our times, writing with humor, intelligence and feeling, But there is one theme that comes up far too often in his later essays to be ignored This theme is best summarized

  2. says:

    Gould overcomitted himself to a number of big ideas over the course of his career, including but not limited to punctuated equilibrium, spandrels, and his ideological objection to evolutionary psychology as well as introducing such stultifying notions as NOMA but his powers of explanation have nevertheless been so highly prai

  3. says:

    Gould is one of the all time great essayists, and this final volume of his work in the form is well worth picking up.Some of the essays are as good as anything he ever wrote I d point at the title essay, The First Day of the Rest of Our Life, and The Great Physiologist of Heidelberg in particular Others, especially the shorter ones not

  4. says:

    I enjoy reading Gould, and respect his efforts to avoid dumbing down and oversimplifying discussions in his essays but I do believe his description of himself as a street kid is fairly silly, and he does insist on it so in this collection This was one of those books which I could not resist arguing with the author in pencil in the margins.

  5. says:

    This is the tenth and final collection of essays from Stephen Jay Gould, with most of these essays coming from his regular monthly essay in Natural History magazine And I am quite sorry that I have read all of the collections, for that means an era has ended in my reading life But these essays in this current volume, most having to do with some asp

  6. says:

    The usual mixture of essays Most of them connected in one way or another to Darwin He mentions that Origin was published in 1859 probably around 50 times Some personal stuff, like the title about his grandfather arriving in America on 9 11 in 1901 And about the other event 100 years later.One about Nabokov, arguing that he would have been or was a scientist that su

  7. says:

    The tenth and final collectionI was a little bit disconcerted when I saw the title of this, Stephen Jay Gould s last collection of essays I thought has he anticipated his own sadly premature death with the metaphoric I Have Landed or is this a kind of melancholy coincidence, or perhaps I am reading into the title something different from what it warrants As it turns out, I H

  8. says:

    I feel guilty for not liking this book Stephen Jay Gould is brilliant and well read and well spoken and highly respected in both his field and as a popular essayist But I hate this book There s hardly an essay therein that I was able to read in its entirety Gould is much too long winded couple that with a fascination for minutia and obscure historical subjects, and your eyes glaze ove

  9. says:

    Like many people, I am an admirer of Stephen Jay Gould This collection of essays, like many of his works is full of wonder, passion and consideration He explores many topics, researches into the history of things to show how ideas change and like the slow movement of geological time, so with the generations do our ideas change too Gould muses on them, reflects on them and often presents how he

  10. says:

    I don t think I would have found this book as fascinating if the author were not such a skilled writer I think I said this in my last review, but he has to have been the most well rounded man on the planet He has such a wide range of knowledge science, of course, Russian literature, landscaping, baseball, Gilbert and Sullivan, the Alamo, etc He is my new answer to the question, If you could invite one pe

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