Includes bibliographical references (p. 332-340) and index.
1. The Scientist as Writer: Eiseley and the Ironic Imperative -- 2. A Route for Critique: Eiseley's Genre -- 3. The Need for the Hybrid Genre -- 4. The Genesis of Method I: Darwin's Century -- 5. The Genesis of Method II: The Immense Journey -- 6. The Move toward an Ironic View: The Firmament of Time -- 7. Reexamination of Science I: The Unexpected Universe -- 8. Reexamination of Science II: The Invisible Pyramid -- 9. The Self as a Vehicle for Understanding I: The Night Country -- 10. The Self as a Vehicle for Understanding II: All the Strange Hours -- 11. Margins of Humanism, Margins of Science: The Star Thrower and the Dialogue of Understandings.
In Toward a Dialogue of Understandings, Mary Ellen Pitts examines scientist Loren Eiseley's unique impact as a thinker and writer.