Evolution's Workshop: God And Science On The Galápagos Islands

byEdward J. Larson

Paperback | April 18, 2002

Evolution's Workshop: God And Science On The Galápagos Islands by Edward J. Larson
$25.72
Earn 129 plum® points
Prices and offers may vary in store
Quantity:

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $35

Not available in stores

about

More than any other place on Earth, the Galápagos Islands are the workshop of evolution. Isolated and desolate, they were largely overlooked by early explorers until Charles Darwin arrived there in the 1830's. It was Darwin who recognized that Galápagos' isolation and desolation were advantages: the paucity of species and lack of outside influences made the workings of natural selection crystal clear. Since then, every important advance and controversy in evolutionary thinking has had its reflection on the Galápagos. In every sense-intellectually, institutionally, and culturally-the history of science on these islands is a history of the way evolutionary science was done for the past 150 years.Evolution's Workshop tells the story of Darwin's explorations there; the fabulous Gilded Age expeditions, run from rich men's gigantic yachts, that featured rough-and-ready science during the day and black-tie dinners every night; the struggle for control of research on the Galápagos; the current efforts by "creation scientists" to use the Galápagos to undercut evolutionary teaching; and many other compelling stories.

Edward J. Larsonis a professor with a joint appointment in history and law at the University of Georgia. A graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School, he received his doctorate in the history of science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is also the author ofEvolution's Workshop: God and Science on the Galapagos I...
Loading
Title:Evolution's Workshop: God And Science On The Galápagos IslandsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.75 inShipping dimensions:336 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.75 inPublished:April 18, 2002Publisher:Basic BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0465038115

ISBN - 13:9780465038114

Appropriate for ages: All ages

Look for similar items by category: