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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The story here is absolutely an incredible one, told in exceptionally readable language. The Beak of the Finch: They This would be on my short list of best science books. What they have found is proof of evolution in action observable within the single life of a finch or taking finh in just a few years. Why could that o The string is left untied, like a line of data with the final numbers erased. And they’ve been doing it continuously since !

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Open Preview See a Problem? Sometimes being picky is a very, very, very good thing. I found it interesting to realize that “Species of animals and plants look constant to us, but in reality each generation is a sort of palimpsest, a canvas that is painted over and over the by hand of natural selection, each time a little differently.

Unless you’re specifically interested in finches, there are probably other books that you’ll get more out of. No trivia or quizzes yet. This author has written a non-fiction adventure that everybody can read and understand. Really interesting and very well narrated, but I will admit I got reeeally sick of hearing, “natural selection scrutinizes daily and hourly Jan 07, Daniel Simmons rated it it was amazing. Someone really should invent a new word. Aug 08, Jennifer Glass added it Shelves: You could have read something else, but the reviews were so good you convince yourself that the book just HAS to get better soon.


Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. I admit that I found the book a bit garbled. We like to think that it happened a long time ago and long stretches of time are needed for its latest effects to surface. How did consciousness evolve? That point is not new to those in the know: Brilliant and accessible to readers without any special scientific background, patient and uncondescending toward creationists though firmly dismissing creationist claimsit made for the perfect accompaniment to my recent Galapagos island trip.

He worries at it like a dog with a bone, but he never sinks his teeth into it. 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. When I joined Goodreads a few months back, I set two rules for myself: Survival of the Fittest. We are hearing more and more about how there are various antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and pesticide-resistant bugs around these days, so the examples of that were really pretty fascinating and scary.

Read this, and then read The Voyage of the Beagle by Darwin. As Jonathan Weiner points out in this classic of science writing, the word “evolution” comes from weienr Latin word for unfolding, rolling out like a scroll.

It is a delightful idea and symbol. This is a masterpiece of accessible science writing.

The story is fascinating: Particularly convincing were the chapters on pesticides and antibiotics – which show evolution in spooky real time. About The Beak of the Finch 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.


Loosely following the decades-long study of Galapagos finches by Peter and Rosemary Grant, this book explains evolution in real time with the help of real people. Organisms tend to track generation by generation the conditions as they fall out.

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Over geologic time that can either result in vast changes or effective stasis, depending on the situation. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For most people with a high school education, natural selection, at the level depicted in the book, is pure common sense. Oftentimes, scientific people don’t understand just how dumb non-scientific people are, but Jonathan Weiner does. Darwin’s finches are different closely related species which Darwin discovered on the Galapagos Islands.

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. I wonder- are these above things considered evolution?

What a gifted family. They recorded and made detailed measurements of every single bird and its offspring, generation after generation. As the environment shifts around, the ideal target changes to, 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.