Perhaps more than any other contemporary American scientist Stephen Jay Gould has presented the modes, implications, benefits, and shortcomings of science to a literate public. As an inventive and productive scholar he has shaped and participated in crucial debates of the biological and geological sciences, particularly with regard to the theory of evolution, the interpretation of fossil evidence, and the meaning of diversity and change in biology. As the readership for his nearly twenty books and hundreds of essays, reviews, and articles has grown he has become one of the most popular and well-known writers and lecturers on scientific topics. He has distinguished himself by elaborating his critique of contemporary evolutionary theory via an eclectic range of discourse, deriving inspiration from his personal reflections across an astonishing array of historical and humanistic disciplines, popular culture, and sports.
The site, developed by the Stanford University Presidential Lectures and Symposian in the Humanities and the Arts staff, describes the work and career of the popular biologist Stephen Jay Gould. Gould has authored many best selling works of science including The Panda's Thumb, The Mismeasure of Man and Bully for Brontosaurus. Included here is a lengthy biography, excerpts from a few of Gould's numerous articles and books and an extensive bibliography that includes links to full text articles. Researchers will also find full text reviews, commentaries, and interviews and articles about Stephen Jay Gould that were published in the Stanford Daily, as well as links to relevant organizations and individuals. The navigation of the site is simple and provides quick and easy access to the many primary materials by and about Dr. Gould.