Science Matters Bookclub: "The Beak of the Finch" by Jonathan Weiner
Science Matters Bookclub: The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner
a reading group to strengthen community through sceince communication
Saturday, July 14, 2pm
The Beak of the Finch: Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeWinner of the Los Angeles Times Book PrizeOn 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.
Please join us as we read and discuss books in the Science Matters book club. As you read, jot down questions and ideas the book raises for discussion. Books in the series can be ordered by Scuppernong Books. We urge you to support your local indie bookstore!
Many thanks to the following who helped pull together our reading list for the year: UNC-G: David Remington, Robert L. Anemone, Rob Cannon, Malcolm Schug, Tad Skotnicki; A&T: Joe Graves; UNC App: Gwen Schug.