Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville - by Stephen Jay Gould (Paperback)
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"About the Book Among Gould's many gifts was his ability to write eloquently about the interface between his two great passions: baseball and biology. His baseball essays are contained within this volume. Book Synopsis Science meets our national pastime in this vibrant, entertaining, and instructive collection of baseball writing by the late, best-selling, evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould. With candor and insight Gould explores the complexities of childhood streetball, spring's joyful opening day, and the golden era of the subway series. Review Quotes A jovial and eloquent fan of the game...[Gould] displays an appreciation for the game that goes beyond bell curves and bar charts.-- ""Chicago Tribune"" A masterpiece in its own right.-- ""Blue Ridge Business Journal"" (5/5/2003 12:00:00 AM) A treat for any fan.-- ""Atlanta Jewish News"" (6/20/2003 12:00:00 AM) A triple treat from the mind of a passionate fan, an incisive thinker, and a lucid writer.--Mark E Hayes ""Elysian Fields Quarterly"" A winning combination of personal memoirs..., essays about players the author admired, scientific inquiries, and book reviews.-- ""Sacramento Bee"" (4/6/2003 12:00:00 AM) Gould is at his best when he uses his critical powers and statistical acumen to challenge speculation.-- ""American Scientist"" Gould wrote as enthusiastically about baseball as he did about evolution....his best...essays on the game are gathered [here].--John Curtis ""San Diego Union-Tribune"" (3/30/2003 12:00:00 AM) In this fine collection, part scientist, part detective and, of course, all baseball fan.--Richard A Somma ""Free Lance-Star [Fredericksburg, VA]"" (4/27/2003 12:00:00 AM) Intellectual Windex for what David Wells splattered on us earlier this spring.--Alan Schwarz ""New York Times Book Review"" (5/25/2003 12:00:00 AM) It is the lyrical...pieces in this collection that resonate most powerfully.--Jonathan Mahler ""Washington Post Book World"" (5/18/2003 12:00:00 AM) Makes it clear that [Gould] was as avid and knowledgeable about baseball as he was about paleontology.--Michiko Kakutani ""New York Times"" (5/20/2003 12:00:00 AM)"



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