and song for the lonely grad students

‘He hoped to study biology in school, but at the time most high schools shied away from teaching Darwin’s theories of evolution, and so [Stephen Jay] Gould read Darwin on his own, and his parents took him on amateur fossil hunting expeditions. He went on to study geology and paleontology and wrote his dissertation on an extinct land snail native to the Bahamas. He once said that his research on the taxonomy of the snail was of interest to about eight people in the world, but, he said, “Those eight people really care.” ‘ [my emphasis, nous soulignons]

Writer’s Almanac

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