The passing of Stephen J. Gould

Discussion in 'Biology & Genetics' started by paulsamuel, May 21, 2002.

  1. paulsamuel Registered Senior Member

    The passing of Stephen Jay Gould

    A sad day as evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould dies today at his home in Manhattan.

    His writings have inspired me throughout my career and are responsible for the direction of my education.

    I am reading his opus, recently published, "The Structure of Evolutionary Theory."

    Thank you Stephen Jay Gould
    Last edited: May 21, 2002
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  3. Adam §Þ@ç€ MØnk€¥ Registered Senior Member

    Sad news indeed, he was a valuable thinker.
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  5. Counterbalance Registered Senior Member

    Received the news from a friend last night via email. No question he will be missed by many.

    Yes, sad news indeed.
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  7. Xev Registered Senior Member

    What a pity that he died so young. He was only sixty.

    He will be missed both as a scientist and writer of pop science. It takes a hell of a scientist to make the contributions he did to evolutionary theory, but he not only did, he shared his contributions with the great unwashed.

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  8. BustedCrutch Registered Member

    Pity? Yes, but he lived with a fatal cancer for 20 years.

    He fought heroically.
  9. paulsamuel Registered Senior Member

    reply to crutch

    According to the NY Times, the cancer he died of was unrelated to the cancer he beat in 1982.
  10. Shaman Registered Senior Member

    Stephen Jay Gould

    In 2001 the library of congress named Stephen Jay Gould one of America's eighty-three Living Legends - People who embody the "quintessentially American ideal of individual creativity, conviction, dedication, and exuberance." Each of these qualities finds full expresion in this peerless work, the likes of which the scientific world has not seen - and may not see again - for well over a century. (The Structure of Evolutionary Theory)
    Sad news. We have lost an invaluable human.
  11. Mostly Harmless Thrower of Coconuts Registered Senior Member

    very sad. just found out from reading this thread. i only started reading his work in the last few years, started with 'Conversations about the end of Time" with Umberto Eco, very thought provoking. Still have to go thru Full House.

    a great loss.
  12. goofyfish Analog By Birth, Digital By Design Valued Senior Member

    I always enjoyed his (often heated) exchanges with Richard Dawkins, a more traditional Darwinian evolutionist (whose views I tend toward). Were it not for “popularizers” like Gould people like me wouldn't know anything about science and that would be a bad thing

  13. Adam §Þ@ç€ MØnk€¥ Registered Senior Member

    Goofyfish, I read a debate between Gould and Dawkins once, it was indeed interesting. And such people contributed to my own interest in various fields of science too. Carl Sagan is one of my heroes for this very reason.

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