If we are not careful, they will disappear -- and we will have lost so much because of it. Probably they soon will. You can tell that Quammen's subject is not really man-eaters, but people.
Frantzman on Dec 29, A very insightful and wonderful account of the relations between man and the man-eaters in both myth, mind and memory. Millions of humans have suffered attacks by predators on land and at sea. Other religious traditions also share a belief in creation by the deity. He gives a decent history of their popularity in Yellowstone and Glacier parks, and a great coverage of their place in Romanian forest management, sport hunting, and shepherding.
Quammen's worldview holds that we humans need an element of wildness, and that our technology and climate control is eliminating not only many beautiful, fascinating creatures but also an essential part of our psyche.
Often, in fact, Quammen has so much to say about competing interests that he makes several false starts before finding his true theme. Sensitive to traditional cultures as he is to natural ecosystems, Quammen is a great writer producing unique literature that is important for our time.
Quammen does not only focus on the animals, but on their sometime victims as well. Quammen's value in explaining Nature's realm is demonstrated by his many excellent works. Why is it so resonant? He digs deep into history, myth, folklore, and gets into his own field work to produce this masterwork.
I still recommonded the book, though, because it presents an important and educational message, My first Quammen book and now I'm hungry for more Not the white-tiger mutants in zoos. August Charles Darwin's On the Origin of the Species, published inis arguably one of the best known and most influential books ever written.
Do you believe there is still hope? Evolutionary and Molecular Biology: These are adjustments forced within a lifetime, not over generations.
The book also fails to provide a coherent framework for what is obviously a pressing question: While national governments may strive to protect these select species, local conditions are being overturned.
Finally, I wish he'd included a few more predators, especially the python and the Nile crocodile. Quammen looks at the commercialization of saltwater crocodiles in Australia and the lack thereof in Indiathe preservation of the brown bear in Romania and the Asian lion in India, and the faltering efforts to save the Amur tiger, but he never attempts to put it together in a way that the reader might glean some solution to the problem.
Or are we losing something that makes us human when we lose these species? But, too often, the book works at cross-purposes. As in it's predecessor, The Song of the Dodo, David Quammen acheives an amazing feat by combining science, travel stories, literature, history, and philosophy and a sprinkling of pop culture into a compelling discussion of the fate of what he calls "alpha predators" in this modern world.
Caution versus Honesty in the Life of a Reluctant Revolutionary ," which was essentially an abridged version of his short Darwin biography, The Reluctant Mr. The focus instead is on Darwin's decades long gestation of the concept of natural selection, and his reluctance to go public with his startling idea.
Quammen even states that similar interactions with the bears in Yellowstone Park or the lions in Africa, as opposed to the bears and lions in Romania and India respectively, he describes in the book, would probably result in certain death.Quammen describes with great clarity some of the controversy engendered by Darwin's book.
We also get a glimpse into Darwin's personal life--his close and enduring marriage to Emma, and the loss of his beloved daughter Annie. "In David Quammen’s new page turner, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life, the author reveals how new molecular techniques have come to revolutionize the way we understand evolutionary processes and how we classify life into coherent groups.
In an accessible style that has won him accolades in the past, Quammen does a marvelous job of weaving together the scientific and human /5(16).
My recommendation, however, is Charles Darwin: On the Origin of Species, The Illustrated Edition (), edited by David Quammen—a distinguished writer and author of eleven books focused on the natural world. Quammen and the publisher (Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Edited and with an introduction by award-winning science journalist David Quammen, it features more than illustrations, including paintings, personal photographs, botanical and zoological studies, and newspaper engravings.
especially The Voyage of the Beagle, he had been interested in natural history all his life. His grandfather. I live in Bozeman with my wife, Betsy Gaines Quammen, a conservationist, who is currently doing a Ph.D.
in environmental history at Montana State University, and our family of large white dogs and a cat. - David Quammen in The Tangled Tree In The Tangled Tree, popular science writer David Quammen gives us the history of a field of study called "molecular phylog "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity/5.Download