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Karl Giberson and Mariano Artigas

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310726.001.0001

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 Rocks of Ages and the Ages of the Rocks

 Rocks of Ages and the Ages of the Rocks

Stephen Jay Gould

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(p.53) 2 Rocks of Ages and the Ages of the Rocks
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Stephen Jay Gould

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310726.003.0002

Stephen Jay Gould is a public intellectual and the best-selling author of Wonderful Life, The Structure of Evolutionary Theory, Rocks of Ages, The Mismeasure of Man, and many other books. He is known for his theory of punctuated equilibrium, stating that the equilibrium of a species is punctuated by episodes of change that are relatively rapid in geological time, and for his analysis of the “relationship” between science and religion, which he suggested should be a cordial non-relationship. He called this scheme of contented co-existence non-overlapping magisteria or NOMA. Gould’s peace-making efforts have not met with widespread approval and, in fact, have been widely criticized. However, Gould has correctly noted that science and religion do occupy two very different spheres of human experience. He is also known in popular culture for his appearance on The Simpsons and his enthusiasm for baseball.

Keywords:   public intellectual, Wonderful Life, The Structure of Evolutionary Theory, Rocks of Ages, The Mismeasure of Man, punctuated equilibrium, non-overlapping magisteria

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