The Science and Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould

by Richard York and Brett Clark
New York: Monthly Review Press, 2011. 223 pages.

Reviewer David F. Prindle praises York and Clark’s “cogent summaries of concepts and issues that must be understood if Gould’s thought is to be understood and appreciated,” but is in the end disappointed by their uncritical across-the-board agreement with Gould’s political and scientific views, writing, “the authors give us, not a judicious account of politics and science, but a propaganda tract written in elevated language. ... In short, if readers want to enjoy left-wing political views wrapped around discussions of evolutionary biology, they should read Gould’s own essays.”