Angie Palau's Reviews > Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

Wonderful Life by Stephen Jay Gould
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Sep 21, 2009

it was amazing
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Read in January, 2006

I didn't think I liked nonfiction, and especially not heavy-duty scientific stuff like I thought this was. But this book is something altogether different. It is a loving tribute to the scientific method and a vigorously exciting story about the discovery and eventual elucidation (after a significant wrong turn) of the mysteries of the Burgess Shale. It's the story of one of most important discoveries in modern evolutionary biology, and it's told in such a way that people not deeply schooled in science can still enjoy it.

For me, the book was hugely eye-opening, both scientifically and philosophically, and I absolutely loved it.

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