If you have a subscription to New Scientist, you can read my review of Stephen Jay Gould’s latest book. “He’s dead!” you might say, but he does have a new book on the way, titled Punctuated Equilibrium(amzn/b&n/abe/pwll).
Actually, it’s not new — it’s simply chapter 9 of The Structure of Evolutionary Theory(amzn/b&n/abe/pwll) extracted and published as a stand-alone book. It tells you something about Structure that this actually works well!
If you don’t subscribe to New Scientist, the gist of the review is that it’s an excellent book, it’s actually much more digestible on its own, and that if you want a solid, meaty summary of the theory of punctuated equilibrium, this is it. It’s not a light book, though—there’s both a great amount of supporting data presented, and some weighty considerations of the implications of the theory.