Friday, September 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002)

A leading paleontologist and evolutionary biologist, who pioneered the idea of "punctuated equilibria" in evolution (which has since taken on the status of a cross-disciplinary meme), Gould was also a great writer and popularizer of science. His many popular books on biology and evolution, mostly based on his regular column in Natural History magazine, were very educational and a joy to read. He is greatly missed as a warrior in the fight against anti-scientism.

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