Books of 2011 # 31 – Dinosaur in a Haystack by Stephen Jay Gould

It’s been exceptionally difficult to fill a list of 31 books, from a total of the 72 that I’ve read this year.  The stand-out reads, those who won’t be appearing until the end of the month were relatively easy but the lower orders (if you like), were more difficult.  So anyway coming in at the end of the order is a classic.  I love science-fact, and Stephen Jay Gould stands out amongst his peers.  He passed away in 2002, but had an immense impact on the science community and also in my years as a science student.  I also particularly love the cover on this one in particular.

Dinosaur in a HaystackDinosaur in a Haystack by Stephen Jay Gould
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love these collections of natural history essays that Stephen Jay Gould wrote back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Some are a little dated now, but the majority stand up well to the test of time, and also take me back to a time when I was just entering my own career as a biologist / naturalist. How times have changed, and how they’ve stayed the same!

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