Stephen Jay Gould

Dinosaur in a Haystack

by Stephen Jay Gould
New York: Harmony Books, 1995. 480 pages.

In this collection of essays from Gould's "This View of Life" column in Natural History, "Gould always circles back to the great themes of time, change, and history, always carrying his reader home to the centering theme of evolution — the most exciting natural truth that science has ever discovered."

Full House

by Stephen Jay Gould
New York: Three Rivers Press, 1997. 256 pages.

Full House is Gould's first single-subject book since Wonderful Life. In this book Gould demonstrates that, contrary to popular opinion, variety, not increasing complexity, is characteristic of the evolution of life on earth. Full House teaches us how to read trends as changes in variation within full systems rather than as "things moving somewhere."

Bully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History

by Stephen Jay Gould
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1992. 540 pages.

NCSE Supporter Stephen Jay Gould's role in developing the model of punctuated equilibria and his monthly column in Natural History have made him a popular writer who needs no introduction. Bully for Brontosaurus contains no fewer than 35 of his compulsively readable essays, including 3 — "William Jenning Bryan's Last Campaign", "An Essay on a Pig Roast", and "Justice Scalia's Misunderstanding" — devoted to the evolution/creation controversy in the US.

The Mismeasure of Man

by Stephen Jay Gould
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1996. 432 pages.

As the publisher remarks, "When published in 1981, The Mismeasure of Man was immediately hailed as a masterwork, the ringing answer to those who would classify people, rank them according to their supposed genetic gifts and limits." In the 1996 edition, Gould added a substantial new introduction explaining why he wrote the book and tracing the subsequent history of the controversy up to the publication of Richard J Herrnstein and Charles Murray's The Bell Curve.

Ontogeny and Phylogeny

by Stephen Jay Gould
Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1985. 520 pages.

Gould's first book, published in 1977, explored the idea of recapitulation from its first appearances among the pre-Socratics to its fall in the early twentieth century, when (as Gould argues) it collapsed not from the weight of contrary data but because of the rise of Mendelian genetics, which rendered it untenable.

An Urchin in the Storm

by Stephen Jay Gould
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1987. 255 pages.

An Urchin in the Storm is Gould's only collection of book reviews, most of which appeared originally in The New York Review of Books.

Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

by Stephen Jay Gould
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1990. 352 pages.

In Wonderful Life, Gould tells the story of the reinterpretation of the unusual fossils of the Burgess Shale: "a grand and wonderful story of the highest intellectual merit — with no one killed, no one even injured or scratched, but a new world revealed." Reviewing Wonderful Life for Nature, Richard A. Fortey wrote, "There is no question about the historical importance of the Burgess Shale, and Gould is right when he says that it deserves a place in the public consciousness along with big bangs and black holes ....

Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life

by Stephen Jay Gould
New York: Ballantine Books, 2002. 256 pages.

Gould's contribution to the ongoing discussion of the relations of science and religion — which introduced the term NOMA, for "non-overlapping magisteria" — appeared in 1999 in the Library of Contemporary Thought.

Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball

by Stephen Jay Gould
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2003. 320 pages.

Collected here are Gould’s writings about America's favorite pastime, including two essays written especially for the book.