The beak of the finch :a story of evolution in our time /Jonathan Weiner.

GUSN

GUSN-321084

Description

xvi, 332 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm, 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.--From publisher description.

Details

Descriptive Terms

Finches Evolution
Finches Evolution Research
Pinzones Evolución.
Pinzones Evolución Investigaciones
Finches Evolution.
Finches Evolution Research.

Originator

Weiner, Jonathan.

Contents

Evolution in the flesh: Daphne major; What Darwin saw; Infinite variety; Darwin's beaks; A special providence; Darwin's forces; Twenty-five thousand Darwins -- New beings on this earth: Princeton; Creation by variation; The ever-turning sword; Invisible coasts; Cosmic partings; Fusion or fission?; New beings -- G.O.D.: Invisible characters; The gigantic experiment; The stranger's power; The resistance movement; A partner in the process; The metaphysical crossbeak -- Epilogue : God and the Galápagos.

Publication

New York : Vintage Books

Description

xvi, 332 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
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.--From publisher description.

Notes

Originally published: New York : Knopf, 1994.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-321) and index.
Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica

ISBN

067973337X
9780679733379

Call Number

CPT CPT-01-110.B321

Other People and Orgs

Grant, Peter R., 1936-
Grant, B. Rosemary.

Places

Galapagos Islands.
Galápagos, Islas
Galápagos, Islas.

Edition

1st Vintage Books ed.