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Evolution's Workshop: God & Science on the Galápagos Islands

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More than any other place on Earth, the Galapagos Islands are the workshop of evolution. Isolated and desolate, they were largely overlooked by early explorers until Charles Darwin arrived there in the 1830s. It was Darwin who recognized that Galapagos' isolation and desolation were advantages: the paucity of species and lack of outside influences made the workings of natu ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 29th 2001 by Basic Books (first published January 28th 1965)
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Melissa
An amazing look to how the Galapagos were ignored/discovered/exploited/preserved. It is part science, part sociology, part anthropology as it explains not only the theory of evolution, but also why various people believed or didn't believe in the power of science. European conquest of the Americas, westward migration in the US, and the effects of economics and war on the Galapagos are all woven into this fascinating book. The part about the voyages of the robber barons in the early 1900's read m ...more
Julie
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Finished this just in time for arrival in the Galapagos! It is a brain challenge (compared to my usual fiction) but well worth reading for Galapagos past to present as well as evolution theory/history.
Cathy
Actually not a bad book covering some of the general history of the archipelago and more of the scientific history. I was disappointed because the title is misleading. There was actually very little discussed about creationism and much discussed about evolution. I expected a more balanced treatment based on the subtitle.
John Williams
Covers the history of exporation and scientific and collecting expeditions to the Galapagos. Will appeal to hord core Darwin fans or those who have visited the islands. The detail of all the collecting expeditions is too much at times.
Deborah
This Pulitzer Prize winning academic historian shares his research on Darwin, evolution and the Galapagos. A must read for those interested in the topics or traveling to the Islands.
Beckydham
Kind of lost it a little there in the middle, with all the expeditions, but I love how he wrote about Galapagos as a polarizing place.
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