The Beak of the Finch

The Beak of the Finch

A Story of Evolution in Our Time

Book - 1994
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Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1994
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679400035
Branch Call Number: 598.883 WEI
Characteristics: x, 332 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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SPPL_János Mar 19, 2018

Scientist couple Peter and Rosemary Grant have observed finches in the Galápagos Islands every summer for 20 years and seen natural selection taking place before their eyes. Journalist Weiner distills the concepts of natural selection and evolution from this and other scientific studies in a way that is clear, accessible, and gripping.

Dec 09, 2016

Terrific explanations, fascinating stories, but a little too long, and the author attributes too much power to computers (which are just machines that we program after all).

Aug 31, 2015

from goodreads: . . .
“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.” . . . . . . .
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“An astonishingly large proportion of the population in Western countries believes in creationism, if recent polls are anything to go by, and that disbelief of evolution is common even among university students in medicine and natural sciences. Jonathan Weiner has written a book for just such people, a tour de force on evolution in action, presented in a clear, concise style in which facts and explanations mingle with interviews and commentary. . . .
Darwin spelt out evolution by natural selection in great detail. Yet many people still do not understand the argument, perhaps because it is very simple. In essence, the theory states that individuals vary in phenotype (the physical side of an organism, determined by interaction between its genetic make-up and its environment); that certain phenotypes enjoy an advantage during selection; and ...”
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Subhajitsaha95 Jul 02, 2012

This book is really good for people interested with birds and their evolution! This book talks about Darwin's Finches in the Galapagos Islands in South America.

Dec 05, 2007

Winner 1995 Pulitzer prize.


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