In The Big Questions: Evolution, one of the world's leading experts, Francisco Ayala, examines key facets of genetics, evolution and cloning. He uses the most up-to-date research to answer the 20 key questions of evolution, and investigate what they tell us about life on Earth.
What is evolution? What is natural selection? Is evolution a random process? What are chromosomes, genes and DNA? What is molecular evolution? What is the tree of life? What does the fossil record tell us? Is intelligence inherited? Can I clone myself? Is language a uniquely human attribute? Was Darwin right? What is 'survival of the fittest'? What is a species? How do genes build bodies? How did life begin? Am I really a monkey? What is the missing link? Will humans continue to evolve? Where does morality come from? Is Creationism true?
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The Big Questions series confronts the fundamental problems of science and philosophy that have perplexed enquiring minds throughout history. In The Big Questions: Evolution, Francisco J. Ayala presents a cutting-edge exploration of the origins and development of life as we know it. From the basic principles of adaptation and natural selection to the latest research on cloning and consciousness, Professor Ayala reveals how the living world came to be, and answers, once and for all, the controversial question of evolution. How did life begin? What is evolution? Will we continue to evolve? Is intelligence inherited? What are chromosomes, genes and DNA? Is language a uniquely human attribute? How do genes build bodies? What does the fossil record tell us? Can there be a design without a designer? Am I really a monkey? What is survival of the fittest? Was Darwin right? What is a species? Where does morality come from? Is creationism true? What is molecular evolution? Who was our common ancestor? Is evolution a matter of chance? What is the missing link? Can I clone myself?