Stephen Jay Gould (Sept. 10, 1941 — May 20, 2002) — a renowned paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science — was one of the most influential and widely read authors of popular science of his generation. Gould’s most significant contribution to evolutionary biology was the theory of punctuated equilibrium, developed with Niles Eldredge in 1972. The theory proposes that most evolution is characterized by long periods of evolutionary stability, infrequently punctuated by swift periods of branching speciation. To the general public, Gould was known mainly for his 300 popular essays in Natural History magazine, and his numerous books written for both the specialist and non-specialist. In April 2000, the U.S. Library of Congress named him a “Living Legend.”
Quotes: “We cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well — for we will not fight to save what we do not love.” | “I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.”
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