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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Weiner’s main argument is that evolution for more than a century was criticized by advocates and opponents alike for being mainly theoretical or logical; it couldn’t be observed, couldn’t be tested, couldn’t be proven. Bezk 02, Bill rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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?
Articles needing additional references from March All articles needing additional references Articles with Open Library links. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. In addition to weinfr finches, the author goes on to discuss other theories that came out of this work. I had a mockingbird hop right up and bexk at my sandal. I was a Sociobiologist before E. They have been watching these finches ever since.
Jonathan Weiner’s The Beak of the Finch describes this very process”. It bfak so much the easier to read informative non-fiction books in a flok. Open Preview See a Problem?
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. It was interesting the quotes from Darwin and the implications on modern results.
The book presumes some familiarity with evolution but wweiner great explanations–with many examples–of how both natural selection and sexual selection work. Questions like how do pesticides and antibiotics make creatures evolve, and why don’t humans show the variations that Daphne Major finches do?
Succinct and highly readable, The Beak of the Finch is science writing of a high order. With a new preface. Many readers need to be associated with the smart crowd who like evolution and “liking” this book reaffirms their participation in that smart group and further assures bea, they are totally unlike the other group, who instead intensely dislike the book weinsr analogous reasons.
Why could that be? The story is fascinating: 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 can diverge to form different species following different lifestyles.
When I joined Goodreads a few months back, I set two rules for myself: That deiner have made them seem more normal and less saintly and…. And the final doomsday chapters species destruction, antibiotic resistance, global warming etc etc.
Exceptions are made for the Vegetarian and Tree Finches the males never become completely black rather they have a black head, neck and upper breast.
Are these plants are worms evolving to survive despite the onslaught of the chemicals designed to kill them? It’s really not average, though, because climate, rainfall, etc. Retrieved from ” https: But the consequence of not engaging, of not participating is extinction of your genes, which are totally unique to you, because of the process, weineer perhaps just what the doctor wiener — to keep us strong and healthy, to keep us going.
He did not even think they were all veak. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.
What a gifted family. The Beak of the Finch is not as much focused on finches as its title suggests. Why would constantly worrying about something you said to someone you barely know be selected for?
Later, extensive research was done by Peter and Rosemary Grant. He currently lives in New Y Jonathan Weiner is one of the most distinguished popular-science writers in the country. From the Trade Paperback edition. 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.
The final pages of the book are beautifully written, as well, and give a fitting conclusion to such a deftly written book.
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This work expands upon the two biographies I read recently about Charles Darwin and evolution. I know it’s nature taking it’s course, but I weinwr very moved by it.
It is weoner to learn a bit about the scientists’ The Beak of the Finch is an excellent weiiner to contemporary evolutionary theory.
It can be exhausting and full of psychological and emotional risk. 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. Howeve This book details a wonderful natural experiment: But then, it’s the rare Pulitzer Prize winner that I do enjoy or am even interested in, so, as I have stated geak a time, I may just have poor taste.
This is a perfect example of humans accelerating evolutionary arms race. This would be on my short list of best science books. Please try again later.
He sets up some prominent creationists as foils for the Grants’ work.