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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Od, this was pretty quick and interesting to read, even if I probably won’t ever need to know anything about finches again. I admit that I found the book a bit garbled. I’ve not given any book five stars this summer. As the book’s title implies, Weiner focuses on Darwin As Jonathan Weiner points out in this classic of science writing, the word “evolution” comes from the Latin word for unfolding, rolling out like a scroll. The single best non-academic, book-length riposte to doubters weinsr natural selection.

Therefore, it wasn’t “real science. Sixteen writers on the decision not to have kids. We are experiencing technical difficulties. That would have made them seem more normal and less saintly and….

Evolution, like gravity, is fact. It can be exhausting and full of psychological and emotional risk. As the environment shifts around, the ideal target changes weined, and the prevalence of those traits in members of the species changes in predictable ways to keep the species as close to the shifting target as possible.

Apr 27, Molly rated it really liked it Shelves: What they have found is proof of evolution in action observable within the single life of a finch or taking place in just a few years. I actually quite liked that since I happen to find the Tge myths of creation beautiful. This was a really interesting look into the constant evolution of finches in the Galapagos. It’s far beyond theory status, as most people seem to use and understand the word.


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The Beak of the Finch

eeiner Aug 02, Bill rated it it was amazing Shelves: Clearly written, fascinating, enjoyable, clear, focused and concise, directed toward the layman but backed up with real science, verifiable facts and an ultimately undeniable thesis make for a book that should be required reading for everyone it will be for my kids.

Paperbackpages. Cathy If you mean tame as in lacking “fear” or the need to flee from humans, then many animals in the Galapagos are “tame. Open Preview See a Problem? I can see why it won a Pulitzer.

fiinch The book gradually runs natural selection down and pounds it relentlessly into the guano-encrusted tuff of Daphne Major. Predictable things happen in predictable ways. Evolution by unnatural selection — homicide.

Jun 16, Karl-O rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 rinch 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.

The writing style lacks the beauty of E. Even so, I have never hated the experience of a non-fiction work as much as this. Most male finch mature to a solid black color, while the females mature to a drab grayish color. Finally on the third time, he at least added “metaphorically,” which made me feel a little better.


THE BEAK OF THE FINCH by Jonathan Weiner | Kirkus Reviews

And dammit; it’s not something you “believe” in that would be like saying you believe in dirt. This is a rare book: What is most remarkable, however, is that this book was published inyet it remains deeply relevant. Let me some up.

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 Darwin’s finches. Jonathan Weiner is one of the most distinguished popular-science writers in the country.

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

For instance, Contrary to legend, They recorded and made detailed measurements of every single bird and its offspring, generation after generation. The two Princeton evolutionary biologists went to study the finches at first hand on Daphne Major, an even more isolated island in the middle of the Archipelago.

Organisms tend to track generation by generation the conditions as they fall out. If this notion thrills you, you will love fich book.