Stephen Jay Gould and the Rhetoric of Evolutionary Theory

  title={Stephen Jay Gould and the Rhetoric of Evolutionary Theory},
  author={Heidi C. M. Scott},
  journal={Rhetoric Review},
  pages={120 - 141}
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