Books similar to The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time

The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution,…
Rate it:
Goodreads members who liked this book also liked:
The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions
David Quammen's book, The Song of the Dodo, is a brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope, far-reaching in its message -- a crucial book in precarious times, which radically alters the way …
Rate it:
The Diversity of Life
4.21 avg. rating
· 5399 Ratings
In this book a master scientist tells the story of how life on earth evolved. Edward O. Wilson eloquently describes how the species of the world became diverse and why that diversity is threatened tod…
Rate it:
The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Anticipates the kind of writing that will appear more frequently as scientists take on poetic language in order to communicate human truths too mysterious for old-fashioned commonsense. Elegant, sugge…
Rate it:
Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom
For over a century, opening the black box of embryonic development was the holy grail of biology. Evo Devo Evolutionary Developmental Biology is the new science that has finally cracked open the box. …
Rate it:
Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design
A creationist-turned-scientist demonstrates the facts of evolution and exposes Intelligent Design's real agenda

Science is on the defensive. Half of Americans reject the theory of evolution and "Intell…
Rate it:
Your Inner Fish: a Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way? To better understand the inner workings of ou…
Rate it:
Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine
The answers are in this groundbreaking book by two founders of the emerging science of Darwinian medicine, who deftly synthesize the latest research on disorders ranging from allergies to Alzheimer's …
Rate it:
Annals of the Former World
4.34 avg. rating
· 3279 Ratings
The Pulitzer Prize-winning view of the continent, across the fortieth parallel and down through 4.6 billion years

Twenty years ago, when John McPhee began his journeys back and forth across the United …
Rate it:
Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters
Over the past twenty years, paleontologists have made tremendous fossil discoveries, including fossils that mark the growth of whales, manatees, and seals from land mammals and the origins of elephant…
Rate it:
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
The bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and The Map That Changed the World examines the enduring and world-changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the ear…
Rate it:
Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival
From award-winning writer and biologist Bernd Heinrich, an intimate, accessible and eloquent illumination of animal survival in Winter.

From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, torpid turtles to insects…
Rate it:
The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
The renowned biologist and thinker Richard Dawkins presents his most expansive work yet: a comprehensive look at evolution, ranging from the latest developments in the field to his own provocative vie…
Rate it:
The Future of Life
4.17 avg. rating
· 2305 Ratings
A magisterial accomplishment: both a moving description of our biosphere and a guidebook for the protection of all its species, including humankind.

From one of the world's most influential scientists …
Rate it:
Voyage of the Beagle
4.04 avg. rating
· 5427 Ratings
s/t: Charles Darwin's Journal of Researches
When the Beagle sailed out of Devonport on 27 December 1831, Charles Darwin was twenty-two and setting off on the voyage of a lifetime.
It was to last five y…
Rate it:
The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey
4.06 avg. rating
· 1117 Ratings
Around 60,000 years ago, a man—genetically identical to us—lived in Africa. Every person alive today is descended from him. How did this real-life Adam wind up as the father of us all? What happened t…
Rate it:
Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle
Feathers are an evolutionary marvel: aerodynamic, insulating, beguiling. They date back more than 100 million years. Yet their story has never been fully told. In Feathers, biologist Thor Hanson detai…
Rate it:
Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea
4.09 avg. rating
· 4752 Ratings
This remarkable book presents a rich and up–to–date view of evolution that explores the far–reaching implications of Darwin's theory and emphasizes the power, significance, and relevance of evolution …
Rate it:
The Origin of Species
3.97 avg. rating
· 89958 Ratings
Darwin's theory of natural selection issued a profound challenge to orthodox thought and belief: no being or species has been specifically created; all are locked into a pitiless struggle for existenc…
Rate it:
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
4.25 avg. rating
· 5101 Ratings
NATIONAL BESTSELLER - "Exciting and provocative . . . A tour de force of a book that begs to be seen as well as to be read."--The Washington Post Book World

World renowned scientist Carl Sagan and accl…
Rate it:
Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us
“No organisms are more important to life as we know it than algae. In Slime, Ruth Kassinger gives this under-appreciated group its due.”Elizabeth Kolbert

Say “algae” and most people think of pond sc…
Rate it:
The Dream of Reason: A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance
Already a classic, this landmark study of early Western thought now appears in a new edition with expanded coverage of the Middle Ages. This landmark study of Western thought takes a fresh look at the…
Rate it:
A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There
First published in 1949, A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land.

Written with …
Rate it:
Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution
A major new work overturning our assumptions about how evolution works

Earth's natural history is full of fascinating instances of convergence: phenomena like eyes and wings and tree-climbing lizards t…
Rate it:
The Selfish Gene
4.13 avg. rating
· 138709 Ratings
Inheriting the mantle of revolutionary biologist from Darwin, Watson, and Crick, Richard Dawkins forced an enormous change in the way we see ourselves and the world with the publication of The Selfish…
Rate it:
On Intelligence
4.11 avg. rating
· 5676 Ratings
From the inventor of the PalmPilot comes a new and compelling theory of intelligence, brain function, and the future of intelligent machines

Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart …
Rate it:
Why Evolution Is True
4.16 avg. rating
· 20398 Ratings
Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact.

In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design," there is an element of the controversy t…
Rate it:
What Evolution Is
4.01 avg. rating
· 3499 Ratings
At once a spirited defense of Darwinian explanations of biology and an elegant primer on evolution for the general reader, What Evolution Is poses the questions at the heart of evolutionary theory and…
Rate it:
Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality
3.89 avg. rating
· 265 Ratings
"Fundamentals might be the perfect book for the winter of this plague year. . . . Wilczek writes with breathtaking economy and clarity, and his pleasure in his subject is palpable." --The New York Tim…
Rate it:
Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God
If you don't believe in God or an afterlife -- how do you cope with death?

Accepting death is never easy. But we don't need religion to find peace, comfort, and solace in the face of death. In this min…
Rate it:
How to Die in Space: A Journey Through Dangerous Astrophysical Phenomena
So you’ve fallen in love with space and now you want to see it for yourself, huh? You want to witness the birth of a star, or visit the black hole at the center of our galaxy? You want to know if ther…
Rate it: