Evolution's Workshop: God and Science on the Galapagos Islands

Evolution's Workshop: God and Science on the Galapagos Islands

by Edward J. Larson
     
 

Larson (history and law, U. of Georgia) tells the history of the numerous researchers and expeditions that have traveled to Galapagos archipelago and details the scientific discoveries and religious and political controversies that have grown out of visits to the islands from before Charles Darwin's trip on the HMS Beagle to the present. The work explores theSee more details below

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Larson (history and law, U. of Georgia) tells the history of the numerous researchers and expeditions that have traveled to Galapagos archipelago and details the scientific discoveries and religious and political controversies that have grown out of visits to the islands from before Charles Darwin's trip on the HMS Beagle to the present. The work explores the political and social environment of expeditions to the island from buccaneers to wealthy amateur scientists having black-tie dinners on their yachts. Among other topics looked at are the efforts of various people to control access to the islands and the effect that the fame of the Galapagos is having on its fragile ecosystem.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465038107
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
03/29/2001
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.51(h) x 1.12(d)
Lexile:
1540L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Enchantments Old and New3
Pt. 1Creationist Conceptions
1Cursed by God and Nature15
2The Natural Theology of Hell35
3What Darwin Saw61
Pt. 2Evolutionary Debates
4Collecting on Classic Ground89
5California Stakes Its Claim119
6The Amateurs Take Over145
Pt. 3Ecology Matters
7Brave New World175
8The House That Lack Built197
9Paradise and Purgatory221
Appendix245
Notes247
Index311

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