- The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin
- Narrated by: Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
- Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 12-15-99
- Language: English
- Publisher: Phoenix Books
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By Erik on 04-28-04
One of my favoritess
Stephen J Gould requires a little getting used to, but once you do you may really love his work.
This collection is largely focused around a single point, understanding "excellence" from a system point of view. The various topics seem at first unrelated, but he weaves them into a net so tight that you will be completely convinced of his conclusion be the time he is finished.
This book is not for everyone, but I would reccomend it strongly for those interested in Paleontology or evolution. I have listened to it three times now, since I fist downloaded it 2 years ago. Each time I enjoy it.
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By Steve Yastrow on 10-03-11
Love the book, love the reading, bad recording
This is a classic ... I read it years ago and loved it again now that I listened to it. Efrem Zimbalist reads it very well, but the recording quality it pretty bad. Worth listening to because the book is so good, but annoying. Still highly recommended ... Gould's lessons in this book are life lessons that go beyond biology. His teaching about our reflexive beliefs about central tendencies helped me see, even more deeply, the fallacies of demographics in marketing, even though Gould never talked about this. And yes, I believe there will never be another .400 hitter in baseball after reading this book.
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