Books: The Wild Reality

THE UNEXPECTED UNIVERSE by Loren Eiseley. 239 pages. Harcourt, Brace & World. $5.75.

"It is very seldom that the same man knows much of science, and about the things that were known before ever science came," Lord Dunsany once remarked, with both British and scientific understatement. Loren Eiseley is one such humanist-scientist—Dunsany's man for all cultures. A writer of literary distinction (The Immense Journey, The Mind as Nature) as well as a front-rank anthropologist, he is one of the few living scientists who can contemplate evolution and think of the Odyssey as the...

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