Tuesday, May 21, 2002
Stephen Jay Gould is dead.
There were probably other things that I was going to write about tonight, but they don't seem terribly important now. Few paleontologists have ever had as much to say that was worth hearing as Gould and even fewer have advanced our understanding of the complexities of evolutionary biology to the degree that he did. I began reading his books in high school and a highlight of my undergraduate years was running his slide projector during a talk he gave at the 4th North American Paleontological Convention at Boulder, Colorado in 1986. He was an amazing man, in an age when amazing men are, as he might have said, scarcer than hen's teeth and horse's toes.
I did work on Low Red Moon today. 1,165 wds. on Chapter Seven.
And thanks to Katrina and Sherilyn for the copy of Live Seeds. It cheered me up a little.