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The Darwin Archipelago: The Naturalist's Career Beyond Origin of Species y First edition Edition

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ISBN-10: 0300155409
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Editorial Reviews


"Completely enthralling." – Ray Olson, Booklist
(Ray Olson Booklist 2011-04-15)

“Jones's ability to dissect complex ideas with verve and wit creates an absorbing and unusually entertaining look at the sweep of Darwin's vision.”—Publisher’s Weekly
(Publisher's Weekly)

"[Jones] is skilled at making the science go down easily."— Robert J. Richards, The American Scientist
(Robert J. Richards American Scientist 2011-09-01)

“As Jones accumulates his evidence, the vision of the relatedness of all life becomes more and more breathtaking. I have never read a book that made me gasp with amazement so often.”—The Times

(The Times)

"This work holds much appeal for scientists as well as nonscientists. . . . Recommendend." — J.S. Schwartz, Choice
(J.S. Schwartz Choice 2011-10-01)

"A dazzling post-Darwin performance. . .you’ll find this book very much worth your time." — Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly
(Steve Donoghue Open Letters Monthly 2012-01-11)

"...if you want to spend a few hours, as it were in the pub listening to an old warhorse using Darwin as an excuse to tell about the science he knows and loves, you should get this book." —Michael Ruse, The Quarterly Review of Biology
(Michael Ruse The Quarterly Review of Biology 2012-06-01)

About the Author

Steve Jones is professor of genetics at University College London. He lives in London.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; y First edition edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300155409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300155402
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,622,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Abizar Lakdawalla on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was a biography of Darwin but instead it is a modern interpretation on Darwin's publications. The chapter on human origins is one of the most effectively written essays that integrates Darwin's concepts with modern genomics. This chapter was a very effective and fun read.
Same with the carnivorous plant chapter and the one on emotions.
I highly recommend this book. I had borrowed from Sunnyvale library but have decided to buy a copy.
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The author, head of Genetics at the University College of London, has written six books before this one. This one is about Darwin's interests and research outside his major work, The Origin of Species. Our relationships to other apes (behavioral and genetic) are described. We also learn about Darwin's research and views on insectivorous plants, emotions, breeding and inbreeding, domestication of animals and plants, barnacles and embryology, orchids and pollinators, and worms. The final chapter, Darwin's Island, discusses ecological changes since Darwin's time: much reduced biodiversity due to weeds and pests spread throughout the planet. Our species (H sapiens) has become the major destructive pest.
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