We’ve just released new paperback editions of a collection of Stephen Jay Gould’s most fascinating and introspective essays, with cover designs that reflect the unity of science to which Gould devoted his life and writing. By themselves, each cover contains an element out of context, tough to understand on its own. Together, the covers form an image that makes sense.
Here they are, arranged in order at our warehouse, ready to ship:
And then here, on display at Reiter’s Books in DC:
The books in this collection are some of Gould’s finest, all displaying his typical erudition, warmth, and whimsy. They include Dinosaur in a Haystack, Full House, Questioning the Millennium, Leonardo’s Mountain of Clams and Diet of Worms, The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magister’s Pox, The Lying Stones of Marrakech, and I Have Landed.
So much of Gould’s work was dedicated to showing why a more accurate way of understanding our world is to look at a given subject within its own context, and not as the progress of an average value or single thing. These new covers, then, are intended to highlight the complexity of context, to demonstrate how much more we understand when we stop trying to look at things in isolation.
Our thanks to Sam Potts for the great design. And, if you all see a little room to grow in that mosaic, you’re not wrong. More to come!