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

Author(s): Weiner, Jonathan
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Subjects: Finches--Evolution--Galapagos Islands
Finches--Evolution--Research--Galapagos Islands
Grant, Peter R., 1936-
Grant, B. Rosemary
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
Published: New York : Vintage Books, 1995
LC Classification: Q, QL
Physical Description: xvi, , 332 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm
Notes: Invalid LCCN: 93036755
ISBN: 067973337X (pbk.)
ISBN: 9780679733379 (pbk.)
Invalid ISN: 0679400036 (hbk.)
ISBN:
Originally published: New York : Knopf, 1994
Includes bibliographical references (p. [305]-321) and index
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
Summary: 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
OCLC Number: 32888234
ISBN/ISSN: 067973337X
9780679733379
0679400036