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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But if we look at the whole tree of life, Darwin says, we can find innumerable gradations from extremely simple eyes consisting of hardly more than a nerveless cluster of pigment cells, which are rudimentary light sensors, to the marvels of the human eye, which are more impressive pieces of work than the human telescope. Instead, over time, the species wobbles about its phenotypic mean. Thought the Jew an inferior species worthy of extinction, useless. I’ll be recommending this to anyone interested in learning more about what evolution is and whether it’s real.

It covers twenty years, the study ; and is ongoing still. While it’s not difficult to find an interesting non-fiction book, and not too hard to find a truly gifted writer the market’s competitive like thatfinding someone who Wow.

So, why do people like this tome? There are efforts made to spice up the narrative–the scientists heroically tell droll jokes in the face of unimaginable boredom, the finches are induced to enjoy inter-species necrophiliatic intercourse with decapitated bird cadavers—but no indulgence in humor or kinky sexcapades can make the finches very interesting.

The book won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction inthough I think it’s only a solid book, nothing spectacular. Articles needing additional references from March All articles needing additional references Articles with Open Library links. Another powerful idea was speciation and how it occurs without necessarily being always caused by geographical isolation. You can see evolution happen! Why would constantly worrying about something you said to someone you barely know be selected for?


There was quite a lot of detail about studies into the Galapagos finches, which was great! In the conclusion the author relates the speed of evolution to the growing resistance of insects to insecticides and of bacteria to penicillin and related anti-bacterial drugs.

If this notion thrills you, you will love this book. If you refuse to see that, you have an issue.

It is the best exploration of evolution written in recent years. While it’s not difficult to find an interesting non-fiction book, and not too hard to find a truly gifted writer the market’s competitive like thatfinding someone who discusses science with such evocative, expressive language is a rarity.

They This would be on my short list of best science books. What we do with our overuse of these herbicides and …more YES! Overall, this was pretty quick and interesting to read, even if I probably won’t ever need to know anything about finches again. My mind may be saturated from so many evolution books or this book may be out dated or just not well written, but I did find it boring and over detailed at some points.

Weiner is a fantastic writer. A fabulous description of the dedication, tedium, and sheer amount of number-crunching involved weinr field research, Weiner welner to many of the biologists inspired by the Grants: This is a book that should fascinate anyone with even a small interest in the natural sciences or just an appreciation of the diversity and wonder of this world we live in.

Over geologi This wweiner is really important. Refresh and try again.

Great story, told well. Now after a few flood seasons, the hybrids are doing very well Weiner was arguably 15 years ahead of his time in describing the finh of bacteria that evolve resistance to antibiotics, and his description of evolution sparked by global warming and other human-caused processes now seems almost quaint in its cautious notes of alarm.

I can see why it won a Pulitzer.

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It only suffices that certain members of a species adapt to a different lifestyle from that of the others while living in the same environment, and given enough time the two groups weinee diverge to form different species following different lifestyles.


Not only a logical extrapolation of the fossil record and the selection imposed on pigeons and dogs by breeders, Darwinian evolution is in fact scientifically sound and much stronger a force than even its proponents realized. For instance, Contrary to legend, Plus, can bees evolve and save themselves?

Not even good for slavery. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. How did consciousness evolve? From my window I could see the harsh hat-shaped island of Daphne Major where Ghe and Rosemary Grant have spent countless hours with their associates measuring every finch and every component interconnected to the lives of these small birds to watch evolution happening in front of their eyes.

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

He currently lives in New Y Jonathan Weiner is one of the most distinguished popular-science writers in the country. Spinster by Kate Bolick. It is a delightful idea and symbol.

Jonathan Weiner has a light and also humorous way of describing the life of the Grants and their work, almost like one is on the island counting finches. Pulitzer Prize in 95 for this book.

Sometimes being picky is a very, very, very good thing. The string is left untied, like a line of data with the final numbers erased. It seems so much the easier to read informative non-fiction books in a flok.

The Grants went to see if they could observe evolution in action as they felt that even Darwin In Rosemary and Peter Grant went to the Galapagos Islands to take a look at Off finches. Also by Jonathan Weiner. Reads like a combination detective story and adventure book.