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The Darwin Archipelago: The Naturalist's Career Beyond Origin of Species [Hardcover]

Steve Jones
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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (26 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300155409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300155402
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,554,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Jones is Professor of Genetics at University College London and the president of the Galton Institute. He delivered the BBC Reith Lectures in 1991, appears frequently on radio and television and is a regular columnist for the Daily Telegraph. His previous books include The Language of the Genes, Almost Like a Whale, Y: The Descent of Man and, most recently, Coral.

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Steve Jones, renowned geneticist, lover of snails and satire, takes us on a less jaunty ride in the Darwin Archipelago than we are used to in his books. It is both serious and meaty yet also witty and fun reading, which is a serious achievement.

I found the book to be the most well written of all Steve Jones' books to date, and I enjoyed it greatly. It didn't fell like learning yet I did learn such a lot about genetics, Darwin and science in general. They are carefully woven into the story so it does not read like a list at all, instead, a journey, and one we want to go on!

This book is highly recommended for science lovers and for those wanting to dip their toe into Steve Jones' books it will provide a fantastic first read, better than his most famous book 'language of the genes'. This book is a mine of information served with ample humour and fluidity.

We learn about books Darwin wrote which most of us have never heard of such as the movements & habits of climbing plant (no don't yawn, the extracts he quoted and the descriptions were of a book which no one else would have the perserverance to research and write and I found it really interesting), as well as the ones we have heard of such as the origin of species. You will learn about the penis waving barnacle, the mimosa genes who have much in common with a neglected animal (don't want to spoil the surprise) and the results of inbreeding on mice and men.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling synthesis of Darwins lesser known works with modern biology 17 Nov 2011
By Abizar Lakdawalla - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Darwin's largely unknown reseach 22 May 2013
By Hans U. Weber - Published on Amazon.com
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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