Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Coral: A Pessimist in Paradise

When does Steve Jones sleep? He's never off the media, and although he saves time by not blogging(!), he makes up for it by producing a seemingly non-ending stream of best-selling popular science books. I can only assume he writes the same way he lectures:
My students accuse me of talking too fast in lectures (I blame them for listening too slowly)
His latest offering is Coral - A Pessimist in Paradise:
The reefs tell the tale of how life began and record many of the catastrophes through which it has struggled. As human folly threatens their paradise with premature demise such places remind every one of us, pessimist or otherwise, that our own extinction is as certain as theirs. Whether it will take place in the slow course of evolutionary time or in the near future as our impudence causes Nature to take her revenge, neither Newton nor Darwin can say.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a scientist in possession of an audience, must be in want of an aphorism. And Jones is rarely short of an aphorism:
Science is a broad church full of narrow minds, trained to know ever more about even less.
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