Evolution: Society, Science and the Universe (Darwin College Lectures)

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Evolution is a fundamental process that cuts across boundaries of art and science and has beguiled thinkers for ages. This collection of articles about all aspects of evolution is a feast of challenging ideas, drawing together world-renowned thinkers and communicators with their own intriguing insights. This impressive cast of contributors takes on such questions as: Why and how do civilizations and societies change over time? Why do our cells develop the way they do? Why are some villages still villages while others have grown into vast cities? Can we learn from our evolutionary past to plan a better future for our health and society? Tracing the history of biological evolution, through the evolution of cultures, society, science and the universe, contributors such as Stephen Jay Gould, Freeman Dyson, and Martin Rees address these mysteries by considering parallels from all levels of life. From the evolution of the embryo to the evolution of a star, common threads emerge to tell a fascinating story with surprising implications.

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Cutting across boundaries of art and science, evolution is a fundamental process that has beguiled thinkers through the ages. Now Darwin's ideas pervade all manner of disciplines from sociology to cosmology. This collection draws together world renowned thinkers and communicators with their own intriguing insights. In these essays they offer a feast of dazzling thoughts and ideas to challenge and enthrall the reader. The breadth of interest ranges from biologist Stephen Jay Gould on the evolution of evolution to Gillian Beer on the evolution of the novel.

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"This book is a gem....one of the book's main strengths...the book's principal lesson, that the concept of evolution is strong, far-reaching, and fruitful (despite being much misunderstood)." Neil A. Wells, The Quarterly Review of Biology

"There are apparently eight other books in this series...this book was such fun that now I want to read them all." Neil A. Wells, The Quarterly Review of Biology

"With contributors [including] Freeman Dyson, Lewis Wolpert and Stephen J. Gould, Fabian's book reaffirms my view that the best researchers and scientists often make the best science writers: no exaggerated claims, no mysterious theories of everything, no ying and yang. Just a joy to read." Mark Pagel, Nature

"...for anyone interested in evolutionary ideas. Recommended for academic readers at all levels." Choice

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