Questioning the Millennium

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Questioning the Millennium
Questioning the Millennium (first edition).jpg
AuthorStephen Jay Gould
CountryUnited States
PublisherHarmony Books
Publication date
2nd ed. 1999
Media typePrint, e-book
Pages224 pp.
Preceded byFull House 
Followed byLeonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms 

Questioning the Millennium is a 1997 book by the paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould that deals with the definition and calculation of the millennium, and its meaning in Western culture. New York Times reviewer Robert Eisner described it as a "slim and attractive meditation," which touches upon calendrics, Biblical exegesis, millennial cults, and includes "a charming essay on a young autistic man whose amazing ability to calculate instantly which day of the week coincided with any date mentioned over many centuries".[1] Gould reveals that this young man was his autistic son, Jesse.[2]

Michiko Kakutani wrote that while not one of Gould's more important books, Questioning the Millennium "beguiles and entertains, even as it teaches us to reconsider our preconceptions about the natural world." Kakutani noted that its subject was much broader than simply the millennium, encompassing the human love for order and regularity.[3]


  1. ^ Eisner, Robert (1997). "The Big Round One." The New York Times Nov. 9.
  2. ^ Gould, S. J. (1997) "Five Weeks," Questioning the Millennium, New York: Crown Publishing Group, pp. 189-205.
  3. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (1997). "2,000 Years, What's the Big Deal?" The New York Times.


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