The Beak of the Finch tells the story of two Princeton University scientists— evolutionary biologists—engaged in an extraordinary investigation. They are. The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time. Jonathan Weiner, Author Alfred A. Knopf $30 (p) ISBN The Beak of the Finch: Evolution in Real Time by Jonathan Weiner, Jonathan Cape, pp , £ An astonishingly large proportion of the.

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Not a drop of rain for over a year! He describes wejner finches that mutilate and sterilize the very plants on which they rely for their existence, imperiling themselves and their species so they can get at the cactus nectar a few hours earlier than the others. In addition to the finches, the author goes on to discuss other theories that came out of this work.

Reads like a combination detective story and adventure book. You can write the whole substance of it on the back of an index card. With a new preface.

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

Aug 12, Tatiana rated it really liked it. Not even good for slavery. And you learn things, not only about finches a finch can live for fifteen years. I’ve always been frustrated by some of the gaps in evolutionar This is a masterpiece of accessible science writing.

A Story of Evolution in Our Time wwiner the story of how they did all this.

Pulitzer Prize in 95 for this book. Loosely following the decades-long study of Galapagos finches by Peter and Rosemary Grant, this book explains evolution in real time with the help of real people. I had a lot of questions as I read the book, and pretty much all of them were answered by the beeak I got to the end.


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

It is nice to learn a bit about the scientists’ The Beak of the Finch is an excellent introduction besk contemporary evolutionary theory. Darwin’s voyage on the Beagleand the finches in particular, are known to have influenced his thinking so that he would later produce a basic theory of evolution by natural selection.

It covers twenty years, the study ; and is ongoing still. These famous finches are the ones that Charles Darwin encountered during his voyage on the HMS Beagle and which inspired his ideas fonch evolution. If you are a naturalist and you asked me to recommend just one book, it would probably be this one because it dramatically illustrates just how dynamic nature truly is.

It was interesting the quotes from Darwin and the implications on modern results. Truly artful biblical references and adroit and soothing language serve to dull the reader’s suffering as the pages slowly go by. And second of all, soooooo repetitious!

The birds are all brownish or black. This author has written a non-fiction adventure that everybody can read and weinet. What a gifted family. That said, Weiner seems to want to make an additional argument. I think that this book struck a nice balance between hard science, human interest, history and philosophy. A fabulous description of the dedication, tedium, and sheer amount of number-crunching involved in field research, Weiner talks to many of the biologists inspired by the Grants: I can see why he would do it because it’s interesting to think about human evolution through the lens of finches, but it seemed like a weird transition to me.

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Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction — Jan 08, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: I’ve not given any book five stars this summer. 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.

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Inspired by Your Browsing History. The selective process can move in many directions and can recede altogether with the arrival and departure of such pressures.

The book weiber some familiarity with evolution but gives great explanations–with many examples–of how both natural selection and sexual selection work.

Rosemary and Peter Grant are two evolutionary biologists who did what no one had attempted to do before: Mar 17, Sher rated it it was amazing Shelves: Timely for me since we were visiting Galapagos Isles while I read this. Suggested instead, if you want examples of evolution in action, would be The Ancestor’s Tale or The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins; if you want evidence that evolution thr try Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne; or, if you are especially fond of ecology, the classic Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.