Books I've Read
The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner
Read: January 2019
How Strongly I recommend it: 5/5
1995 Pulitzer Prize winner for general non-fiction. Over a 40 year period, evolutionary biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant studied Darwin’s finches in the Galapagos, surprising even themselves with how quickly they were able to observe evolution in action. The power of Darwin’s theory of natural selection has since been demonstrated many times, but Peter and Rosemary Grant were the first to do so successfully. A great book about evolution and about one of the most exciting studies of animals in the wild.
The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell
Read: May 2019
How Strongly I recommend it: 10/10
This book is natural history as meditation. For one year ecologist and evolutionary biologist David Haskell studies the connected lives in a forest ‘mandala’ (a patch of earth a meter length circle in size) made of old-growth forest in the hills of Sewanee, Tennessee on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau. No experiments. He sat, watched, and listened. The most important book I’ve read this year because after reading it, nothing looks the same.