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The Beak of the Finch

A Story of Evolution in Our Time

The Beak of the Finch

A Story of Evolution in Our Time

Author: Jonathan Weiner

Published: 1994-05-03

Publisher's Description:

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.


About the Author

Jonathan Weiner is one of the most distinguished popular-science writers in the country: his books have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, Time, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Scientific American, Smithsonian, and many other newspapers and magazines, and he is a former editor at The Sciences. His books include The Beak of the Finch; Time, Love, Memory; and His Brother's Keeper. He lives in New York, where he teaches science writing at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.


  • Language: English
  • Biogeographical Realm: Neotropic
  • Countries Covered: Ecuador
  • Families Covered: Finches (Fringillidae)


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  • Date Published: 02 May 1994
  • ISBN-10: 0679400036
  • ISBN-13: 9780679400035

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  • Date Published: 29 May 1995
  • ISBN-10: 067973337
  • ISBN-13: 9780679733379

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  • Date Published: 13 May 2014
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