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Darwins Island The Galapagos In The Garden Of England
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Darwins Island: The Galapagos in the Garden of England
A Pessimist In Paradise based on Darwin's work on coral reefs. As with most series, it's probably best to start from the beginning and Whale is also the best of the three. Darwin's Island is based upon what w This the fourth of Steve Jones's series of books based on the works of Charles Darwin.
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We also periodically revisit The Descent. With such a variety of original material to work from, Jones inevitably presents very wide-ranging discourse. This is very much his style, like it or loath it. A background understanding of Darwin's life and work would be an advantage to the reader too many biographies are available to list , but not necessary.
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No references or further reading suggestions are provided, which is always rather frustrating, and would normally lead me to deduct stars and generate a strong desire to beat the author over the head with his own book, but Jones doesn't really say anything unfamiliar or or controversial, and I'm in a good mood, so he just about gets away with a warning. I might add the dates to the above brackets at some point. This book has little, on the face of it, to do with an island in general or Darwin's home island of Great Britain in particular.
In fact, it doesn't have that much to do with Darwin either except in that all roads to modern biology pass through Darwin. It is more the geography of an archipelago of sub-disciplines which in aggregate make up the island nation of the modern synthesis.
After a run of exciting science reading, I found this volume a little disappointing. It is packed with knowledge and This book has little, on the face of it, to do with an island in general or Darwin's home island of Great Britain in particular. It is packed with knowledge and very readable, but it doesn't really place Darwin at the centre of the narrative and as a summary of the science since Darwin it didn't tell me much that was new.
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On the other hand, I have been reading around this subject for decades, so the book might make a good layman's introduction to the broader science of biology if that layman didn't have my reading background. I certainly wouldn't add anything and there is lots of detail here. The book's saving grace comes in the last two sections. Having covered the already well-travelled ground of embryology, sexual selection and biogeography, Jones finishes up with the activities of Earthworms and the current state of the natural world, and here the book shines for me.
The Beagle voyage, too, occupied only five of the fifty years of his career. He spent only five weeks on the Galapagos and on his return never left Britain again. Darwin wrote six million words, in nineteen books and innumerable letters, on topics as different as dogs, barnacles, insect-eating plants, orchids, earthworms, apes and human emotion. Together, they laid the foundations of modern biology.