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

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

by Edward J. Larson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465038107

ISBN-13: 9780465038107

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

Overview

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 sense—intellectually, institutionally, and culturally—the 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.

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

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

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