The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 14, 2014 - Science - 320 pages
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize


On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have spent twenty years proving that Darwin did not know the strength of his own theory. For among the finches of Daphne Major, natural selection is neither rare nor slow: it is taking place by the hour, and we can watch.

In this dramatic story of groundbreaking scientific research, Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin's finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself. The Beak of the Finch is an elegantly written and compelling masterpiece of theory and explication in the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould.

With a new preface.


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Nearly everyone has heard of the Galapagos Islands and the finches which sparked many of Darwin's theories of evolution. This is an in depth look at the evolution of these finches and the continuing ... Read full review

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When in 1859 Charles Darwin published The Origin of the Species, he launched a storm of controversy that roils to this day. Scientists of his day were hardly convinced of Darwin's theory of "natural ... Read full review

Contents

EV O L UT I O N IN T H E F L E
3
N E W B E IN GS O N T H IS E A la T
115
Creation by Variation
126
IO The EverTurning Sword
140
I4 New Beings
203
G O D
213
The Strangers Power
236
The Resistance Movement
251
A Partner in the Process
267
God and the Galápagos
294
Acknowledgments
323
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Jonathan Weiner is one of the most distinguished popular-science writers in the country: his books have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, Time, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Scientific American, Smithsonian, and many other newspapers and magazines, and he is a former editor at The Sciences. He is the author of The Beak of the Finch; Time, Love, Memory; Long for This World; His Brother's Keeper; The Next One Hundred Years; and Planet Earth. He lives in New York, where he teaches science writing at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

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