The Beak of the Finch
A Story of Evolution in Our Time
ISBN10: 067973337X ISBN13: 9780679733379 Publisher: Vintage Books Published: Jun 1 1995 Pages: 332 Weight: 0.70lbs. Height: 8.00" Width: 5.00" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
Winner of the Pulitzer 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. 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. The Beak of the Finch is an elegantly written and compelling masterpiece of theory and explication in the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould.