Friday, October 3, 2008

Jared Diamond

I neglected to explicitly point out that the work on Bird species turnover on the Santa Barbara Channel islands was carried out by Jared Diamond - a scientist whose work you may have come across if you have read the best sellers Guns, Germs and Steel (links to PBS website from a show based on the book) or Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (links to a video of Jared Diamond presenting a seminar based on the ideas in the book). He has also written a number of essays for Discover magazine, which are usually fairly provocative and interesting: eg. The worst mistake in the history of the human race?

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