Evolution's Workshop: God and Science on the Galapagos Islandsby Edward J. Larson
Pub. Date: 03/29/2001
Publisher: Basic Books
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 is 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 natural selection crystal clear. Since then, every important advance and controversy in evolutionary thinking has had its reflection on the Galapagos. In every senseintellectually, institutionally, and culturallythe history of science on these islands is a history of the way evolutionary science was done for the past 150 years.
Evolution's Workshop tells the story of Darwin's explorations there; the fabulous Gilded Age expeditions, run from rich men's gigantic yachts, that featured rough-and-ready science during the day and black-tie dinners every night; the struggle for control of research on the Galapagos; the current efforts by "creation scientists" to use the Galapagos to undercut evolutionary teaching; and many other compelling stories.
About the Author:
Edward J. Larson is a Professor with a joint appointment in History and Law at the University of Georgia. He is the author of Trial and Error: The American Controversy over Creation and Evolution, Sex, Race and Science: Eugenics in the Deep South, and Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion. He lives in Athens, Georgia.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Enchantments Old and New||3|
|Part 1||Creationist Conceptions|
|1||Cursed by God and Nature||15|
|2||The Natural Theology of Hell||35|
|3||What Darwin Saw||61|
|Part 2||Evolutionary Debates|
|4||Collecting on Classic Ground||89|
|5||California Stakes Its Claim||119|
|6||The Amateurs Take Over||145|
|Part 3||Ecology Matters|
|7||Brave New World||175|
|8||The House That Lack Built||197|
|9||Paradise and Purgatory||221|
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