"Completed shortly before his death, this is the last work of science from the most celebrated popular science writer on the world. In characteristic form, Gould weaves the ideas of some of Wester society's greateat thinkers, from Bacon to Galileo to EO Wilson, with uncelebrated ideas of lesser-known yet pivitol intellectuals. He uses their ideas to undo an assumption born in the seventeenth century and continuing to this day, that science and humanities stand in opposition. Gould uses the meatphor of the hedgehog - who goes after one thing ata measured pace, systematically investigating all; the fox - skilled at many things, intuitive and fast; and the magister's pox - a censure form the Catholic Church involved in Galileo's downfall; a metaphor which illustrates the different ways of responding to knowledge - ina scientific, humanistic or fearful way. He argues that in fact each would benefit by borrowing from each other."
"Pairs high brilliance with deep modesty." * New Humanist *
"Reading Gould is not merely a pleasure but an education and a chronicle of the times" * Observer *
"Not only one of the finest scientific minds of the later twentieth century, but also one of its greatest polymaths" * The Times *
"Gould strives to outline a more peaceful, mutually supportive view of the realtionship between the sciences and the humanities" * Nature *
"One of the best essayists in the business. He uses his wide background knowledge...as a bridge to entice non-scientists into sharing the excitement of scientific discovery and the curious, convoluted path of new ideas through history" * Scotsman *