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Darwin in Galápagos:
Footsteps to a New World
K. Thalia Grant & Gregory B. Estes

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"In this work, naturalists Grant and Estes retrace Charles Darwin's steps in the Galapagos, a region he initially visited after nearly four years on HMS Beagle. The authors include a discussion of Darwin's early life and education, along with an account of his voyage before arriving on the islands. . . . The volume includes many excellent prints, photographs, and diagrams from Darwin's time as well as present-day photographs, which should appeal to historians and naturalists."--Choice

"K. Thalia Grant and Gregory B. Estes' narrative reconstruction of Charles Darwin's 1835 exploration of the islands . . . is a remarkable work that expertly rejoins the man and the place, and adds to them both the results of recent scientific discoveries arising from his work to bring to readers one of the most intricate portraits of this pivotal moment in natural history yet written. . . . Should be considered an essential book by anyone hoping better to understand the man, his work, and his continuing influence upon the scientific world today."--The Well-read Naturalist

"Readers feel they are walking in the steps of Darwin as he moves towards his radical ideas of natural selection and evolution. This is a model travel book. It contains all the Darwin-inspired traveller to the Galapagos Islands could want, including historic and contemporary illustrations and photos."--Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald

"A good book should be based on first-hand knowledge of the subject and the authors offer an impressive combination of experience--a vast amount of information is marshaled to give readers a full picture. The book is well illustrated with a rich mixture of historical and modern images. Any reader seriously interested in Darwin and Galapagos will want to read this book."--John van Wyhe, Galapagos News

"Even those familiar with the detailed landscape of Darwin's early years, so critical in the development of his evolutionary thinking, will find much to admire here. Grant and Estes have provided us with a historically rich and compelling, if necessarily imperfect, perspective on Darwin's Galapagos footsteps to a new world of evolutionary thinking."--Alan C. Love, Metascience

"Grant and Estes have provided us with a historically rich and compelling, if necessarily imperfect, perspective on Darwin's Galapagos footsteps to a new world of evolutionary thinking. . . . [A] major achievement. It shows all the signs of long gestation (rather than hasty production)--13 years from conception to outcome, but a lifetime in the making."--Alan C. Love, Metascience


"Grant and Estes, the world's authorities on Darwin in Galápagos, put readers in young Darwin's mind and meticulously trace his every footstep. They have the most intimate knowledge about this archipelago and a heartfelt friendship with its most famous visitor. Darwin comes alive in this carefully researched book. A book every Galápagos traveler should read, as should anyone who wants to understand how Darwin became the first evolutionary biologist."--Martin Wikelski, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and Konstanz University

"This book is a tale of two journeys: Darwin's in the islands, and the authors' as they retraced his steps. Darwin's, of course, was one of the most important series of footsteps in the history of human exploration. And the journey that Thalia Grant and Greg Estes have made is impressive because they have done so much legwork in the islands and the libraries, and have spent so much of their lives working in the archipelago. Outdoors and indoors, it seems to have been a labor of love."--Jonathan Weiner, author of The Beak of the Finch

"This volume provides a timely and interesting account of a key moment in Charles Darwin's life--and, it might be said, in the history of evolutionary biology. It is especially valuable to encounter the deep local knowledge that the authors bring to the locations they describe. The route Darwin took around the islands comes alive in this book."--Janet Browne, author of Charles Darwin: The Power of Place

"This is an engaging tour of Darwin's explorations on Galápagos. This book provides the best description yet of Darwin's trip through the islands. The authors have a remarkable familiarity with the places Darwin visited, and ably share that knowledge."--Edward J. Larson, author of Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory

"Grant and Estes provide a vivid and accurate account of where Charles Darwin went on his 1835 visit to the Galápagos Islands. This is an important addition to the Darwin literature and to our knowledge of what Darwin did in--and how he was affected by--Galápagos."--Duncan M. Porter, coeditor of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin

"The authors have provided a richly detailed and evocative description of Darwin's route and experiences in the Galápagos Islands. In doing so they have made a significant contribution to Darwin studies and to the enjoyment of anyone who visits these places with their book in hand."--Sandra Herbert, author of Charles Darwin, Geologist

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