Stephen Jay Gould

The Structure of Evolutionary Theory

by Stephen Jay Gould
Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 2002. 1464 pages.

The Structure of Evolutionary Theory, Gould's massive, digressive, and provocative magnum opus, is, as Mark Ridley wrote in The New York Times, "a magnificent summary of a quarter-century of influential thinking and a major publishing event in evolutionary biology." In it, Gould attempts to trace the history of evolutionary thought and chart a path for its future.

Time's Arrow/Time's Cycle

by Stephen Jay Gould
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1987. 240 pages.

In Time's Arrow/Time's Cycle, Stephen Jay Gould reconsiders the discovery of deep time by focusing on "the three cardinal actors on the British geological stage — the primary villain and the two standard heroes", that is, Thomas Burnet, James Hutton, and Charles Lyell.

The Book of Life: An Illustrated History of the Evolution of Life on Earth, second edition

edited by Stephen Jay Gould
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2001. 256 pages.

The Book of Life, now in its second edition, provides nothing less than it promises in its title: a detailed account of the history of life on earth over the last four billion years. J John Seposki Jr, Michael Benton, Christine Janis, Christopher Stringer, and Peter Andrews, under the general editorship of NCSE Supporter Stephen Jay Gould, are responsible for the thoroughly understandable text; the vivid and compelling illustrations are the work of John Barber, Marianne Collins, Ely Kish, Akio Marishima, and Jean-Paul Tibbles.