In his memorial for George Gaylord Simpson, Steve Gould quoted Cassius' assessment of Julius Caesar: “Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus; and we petty men walk under his huge legs, and peep about” (1985a). These were the first words that occurred to me when I learned of Steve's death on May 20, 2002.

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Steve was indeed a Colossus. He accomplished the equivalent of several normal lifetimes of work; had he only been a popular writer and lecturer or only worked on island landsnails or only written Ontogeny and Phylogeny or only co-authored the...

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