HCSF Reading Group

Join the HCSF Reading Group to discuss “The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time” By Jonathan Weiner

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Sunday, July 17
4:30pm - 6:00pm PT

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“The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time”
Jonathan Weiner
332 pages

Since 1973, on a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, two Princeton professors, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have been proving that Darwin didn't 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.

The Grants' meticulous research shows how yearly fluctuations in weather create near-extinction events as well as population explosions and recoveries. Weiner seamlessly weaves together the story of Darwin's discoveries (not what you learned in school), the Grants' dramatic findings, and work from other groundbreaking evolution researchers. Particularly relevant today, as we consider the impacts of global warming on ecosystems around the world.

“Superb at explaining scientific and philosophical concepts in lucid prose. . . . Weiner's triumph is to reveal how evolution and science work, and to let them speak clearly for themselves.” (New York Times) Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

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