• "This "best of Gould" collection leaves two strong impressions. One is that evolution is as proven a fact as gravity but that how it works is an unsolved problem. The other is that, for the practitioners, science is fun"

    Brenda Maddox, The Times
  • "Georgeously crafted essays... entertaining... makes a plausible case for supporting claims that the author was a modern-day Montaigne of science... a rewarding read"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "A modern polymath"

    John R. G. Turner, Times Literary Supplement
  • "A great scientist and science writer"

    Sunday Times
  • "A Western Science phenomenon. His quirkiness, his ability to coalesce seemingly unconnected topics, and his individual passion are qualities that help make him such a powerful writer"