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 beak is adapted to the food they eat. 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.

Jan 20, Ram rated it liked it Shelves: The study of how micro-evolution happens from one year to the next to the next in the Galapagos gave me a lot of insight into how the environment shapes species. These types of encounters should not weineer, not in the USA.

The Beak of the Finch

It’s not just about finches, either; it’s about all kinds of animals, and — yay! This page was last edited on 28 Novemberat That would have made them seem more normal and less saintly and….

But then, it’s the rare Pulitzer Prize winner that I baek enjoy or am even interested in, so, as I have stated many a time, I may just have poor taste. May 30, Pages.

What Weiner Planet Earth, sets out to do, and does very well, is demonstrate that evolution happens fast and now. Open Preview See a Problem? He currently lives in New Y Jonathan Weiner is one of the most distinguished popular-science writers in the country. Lots of people I know rave about this book, but my feeling was…. One thing they found is that evolution can happen much more quickly that most people–even Darwin himself–realized. Nevertheless, Weiner has written a monumentally helpful book, one that could easily be considered a sequel to Darwin’s classic On the Origin of Species, so well does Weiner explicate and demonstrate Darwin’s theory.


It seems that I have read so many books about Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” and so many books that refer to “On the Origin of Species” that it is about time I read “On the Origin of Species”…… To some extent, it is like the Bible, I prefer to read reference A description of evolution research and results mostly in the Galapagos Island and mostly on the famous “Darwin Finches” with references to the research that Darwin himself conducted and the wrong and right conclusions that he came to.

Jonathan Weiner’s The Beak of the Finch describes this very process”. Traits are constantly changing, yet the graph jitters back and forth around some more-or-less average value. Evolution by unnatural selection — homicide. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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This book addresses those questions with theories and examples and a life-affirming gentleness. In soft times they intermingle, even hybridize. What is most remarkable, however, is that this book was published inyet it remains deeply relevant. It’s cool to picture how macro-evolution happens as a result of thousands of years of micro-evolution.

The Grants have proven that evolution can happen quickly, and that pressure makes species evolve. I leave this work baek forward to reading some of Weiner’s other works, and I am wondering how species will evolve in response to the pressures of climate change.


I actually quite liked that since I happen to find the Judeo-Christian myths of creation beautiful.

Trivia About The Beak of the F I had a lot of questions as I read the book, and pretty much all of them were answered by the time I got to the end. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

The Beak of the Beaak discussion. I can see why he would do it because it’s interesting to think about human evolution through the lens of finches, but it seemed like a weird transition to me. A Story of Evolution in Our Time is the story of how they did all this.

Now, in the USA there seems to fnich yet another movement of evolutionary consequence — the decision not to mate. It can move much faster. Aug 18, Sarah rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Instead, over time, the species wobbles about its phenotypic mean.

Anyway, I enjoyed it, but am not convinced it was Pulitzer Bea. What we do with our overuse of these herbicides and medications is to artificially ‘select’ for resistant strains that end up becoming the majority of the population. And study and analysis, and repetition.

Not even good for slavery.