The Islands That Changed the World
Yale University Press, Paperback, 9780300122305, 240pp.
Publication Date: February 28, 2007
"Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World" describes how tragedy and murderous pirates curtailed settlement of the islands and how the islands pristine nature, spectacular geology, and defining isolation inspired Darwin's ideas about evolution. The book explores the diverse land and marine habitats that shelter Galapagos species and considers the islands importance today as a frontier for science and a refuge for true wilderness.
The book's extensive gazetteer provides details about endemic plants and animals as well as travel advice about visitors sites, diving, photography, when to go, and what to take. Vividly illustrated throughout, this guide is an indispensable reference for natural history enthusiasts, armchair travelers, and island visitors alike.
Richard Dawkins taught zoology at the University of California at Berkeley and at Oxford University and is now the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, a position he has held since 1995. Among his previous books are The Ancestor s Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, and A Devil s Chaplain. Dawkins lives in Oxford with his wife, the actress and artist Lalla Ward.
“I have been to the Galapagos and as I read this book I found myself ‘walking the paths’ again. Stewart offers an enjoyable and complete overview of the islands.”—Noble Proctor, author of A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife
"The definitive single volume on the Galapagos that ecotourists and readers from all walks of life have been awaiting."—Margaret Lowman, author of Life in the Treetops and co-author of It''s a Jungle Up There: More Tales from the Treetops