To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth Paperback – February 6, 2001
The Book of R: A First Course in Programming and Statistics
Check out this title for a comprehensive, beginner-friendly guide to R, the world's most popular programming language for statistical analysis.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
That interest took many forms, writes journalist Samantha Weinberg in her entertaining and instructive case study in scientific detective work. It spurred the development of new deep-sea craft to explore the farthest reaches of the ocean; it touched off more than one controversy over the coelacanth's lineage, and even over which nation claimed sovereignty over its oceanic haunts; and it launched or advanced the careers of dozens of researchers. The coelacanth continues to make news. In 1998, a young American scholar found a specimen in Indonesia, far from the western Indian Ocean waters where the coelacanth was thought to dwell. Although some scientists decried the discovery as a hoax at worst and an aberration at best, the find showed that the creature's range was widespread. It demonstrated, too, that international cooperation was necessary if the coelacanth were to be protected in the future, "continuing to exist," as Weinberg writes, "after this extraordinary duration of time." --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
This is one of those special books that was hard to put down and ended far too soon!
Understandably scientists wanted to see more of these fish on their dissection tables, and to date more than two hundred coelacanths have ended up there. Bounties were established for their capture, and the Japanese wanted to get a live specimen. Fortunately conservationists were reasonably quick in getting regulations established for old "four legs'" protection. The fish cannot live in captivity: It overheats in surface temperature water, and the bright sunlight blinds it. It's really sad when a scientist has to state that if the coelacanth prospers in other locations hopefully we won't find them.
I experienced some frustration in my reading. As a layman with a strong interest in science I came to tire of the extensive human biographies found in the book, and wanted to learn more about the fish itself. Fortunately there is a 9-page appendix in the back of the book that discusses the anatomy and physiology of the coelacanth. Still there could have been some more accessible science in this book. On the other hand "A Fish Caught In Time" is an important, necessary work.
It was great to find out that the story didn't end with the Madagascar discovery. Upon reading this book, I was thrilled to hear about the confirmation of coelacanths living off Indonesia. The theory put forth in the book that there might be populations in the Philippines or even off the Atlantic coast of the United States stirs the imagination as well.
The book is very easy to get thru. It gives you just the right amount of scientific information and includes more human elements, namely the stories of the people involved in discovering, studying and protecting the coelacanth.
Something like this definitely makes you wonder. I mean, if a fish that was thought to be extinct for millions of years escaped detection by humanity till the beginning of the twentieth century, what else might still be out there?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I guess I should've expected this would be more about the people who discovered the various coelacanth specimens rather than about the coelacanth itself but I didn't think it'd be... Read morePublished 2 months ago by KPDR87
I ordered two copies, one of which was yellow around the edges. The cost was very reasonable, the book was readable, but it was the first time that I had purchased a book in this... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jan
Have only read the first chapter. Looks fascinating - love to read about nature, science and pre-historic and ancient life forms. Read morePublished 13 months ago by E. Karl
Very enjoyable, and easy to read. Recommended to anyone interested in the background to the emotional hunt for a living coelacanth fish after one was identified (but not... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Expertreviewer
We bought this book for a youngman with the recommendation from our Son. He said it's a terrific book and he thought this youngman would love it.Published on February 19, 2013 by Suzette Horton
This was a fascinating book for those interested in history, and with an open mind regarding the scientific world. Luckily, I possess both of those traits. Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by M. N.
The story begins in South Africa in the 1930's, when the captain of a fishing boat gives the curator of a small museum an unusual-looking fish. Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by LeeHoFooks