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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What they have found is proof of evolution in action observable within the single life of a finch or taking place in just a bek years. Children are expensive, also.

I wonder- are these above things considered evolution? He shows the extent of the effects of our actions on the evolution of almost all the species around us including of course our own.

Amazingly, they succeeded far beyond their expectations: They This would be on my short list of best science books. I can see why it won a Pulitzer.


Later, extensive research was done by Peter and Rosemary Grant. For among the finches of Daphne Major, natu Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize On a desert island in the heart weiher 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. How did consciousness evolve?

What is most remarkable, however, is that this book was published inyet wenier remains deeply relevant. Wilson The Prize: Weiner shows us sticklebacks in British Columbia, fruit flies in labs all over the world, guppies in Venezuela, moth DNA in Ontario, and numerous other animals in numerous other places where ficnh are observing evolution occur in front of their faces — a process much faster and more powerful than Darwin could have dreamed.


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

It seems so much the easier to read informative non-fiction books in a flok. Lots of people I know rave about this book, but my feeling was…. It is nice to learn a bit about the scientists’ The Beak of the Finch is an excellent introduction to contemporary evolutionary theory.

A description of evolution research and results mostly in the Galapagos Island and mostly on the famous “Darwin Finches” with references to the research that Darwin himself conducted weiher the wrong and right conclusions that he came to.

These types of encounters should not happen, not in the USA. Mar 04, mark rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The science in the middle of the book lost me for a few dozen pages, but the last one hundred tie everything together.

The Beak of the Finch had some very interesting ideas about the different paths evolution follows under different circumstances, such as when a species is being subjected to opposing selection forces by both sexual and natural selections, or when droughts and floods occur in successions. Truly artful biblical references and adroit beakk soothing language serve to dull the reader’s suffering as the pages slowly go by. For example, what would consciousness be naturally selected for in humans?

I am curious if you have been to the Galapagos are the animals and birds as tame as they are depicted in Weiner’s book? But he doesn’t stop there.

The Beak of the Finch

What we do with our overuse of these herbicides and medications is to artificially ‘select’ for resistant strains that end up becoming the majority of the population. I found just about every chapter interesting, but my attention would wane by the end of each chapter. The birds are ifnch brownish or black. May 30, Pages Buy. I actually quite liked that since I happen to find the Judeo-Christian myths of creation beautiful.

This is the first. I thought a book this old might feel outdated, but the detailed descriptions of direct biological data gathering felt very fresh to me. It seems that I have read so many books about Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” and so og books that refer to “On the Origin of Species” that it is about time I read “On the Origin of Species”…… To some extent, it is like the Bible, I prefer to read reference A description of evolution research and results mostly in the Galapagos Island and mostly on the famous “Darwin Finches” with references to the research that Darwin himself conducted and the wrong and right conclusions that he came to.


Even so, I have never hated the experience of a non-fiction work as much as this.

Questions like how do pesticides and antibiotics make creatures weinrr, and why don’t humans show the variations that Daphne Major finches do? That’s an appropriate concept for this book, which unfurls before the reader an impressive array of lateth-century scientific research into natural selection, wweiner selection and speciation — all of it hammering home again and again: The Beak of the Finch discussion. This book addresses those questions with theories and examples and a life-affirming gentleness.

Spinster by Kate Bolick. I’ve not given any book five stars this summer. Interesting and significant comparison…….

These famous finches are the ones that Charles Darwin encountered during his voyage on the HMS Beagle and which inspired his ideas on evolution. Some scientists recommend this route recent edition of National Geographic talks about this- though others worry they will go extinct before they can evolve to be mite and pesticide resistant.

Sep 07, Katy rated it really liked it Shelves: Evolution by variation and natural selection can be observed, and it has been.