Arrival of the Fittest by Andreas Wagner audiobook

Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle

By Andreas Wagner
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A renowned biologist answers one of the mostimportant questions in the life sciences Darwinian theory explains what happens wheninnovations arise among living things, but it doesn’t tell us how thoseinnovations came about in the first place. As genetics pioneer Hugo de Vriesput it, “Natural selection may explain the survival of the fittest, but itcannot explain the arrival of the fittest.” Andreas Wagner, an award-winning evolutionary biologist,has found that life can innovate itself far faster than scientists previouslythought possible. His research shows how adaptations are not just driven bychance but rather by a set of laws that allow nature to discover new moleculesand mechanisms in a fraction of the time that random variation would take. Filled with examples of the remarkable biologicalcreativity that surrounds us, Arrival of the Fittest breaks new groundin explaining how innovations in nature occur.

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Longlisted for the 2015 PEN Literary Award

A renowned biologist answers one of the mostimportant questions in the life sciences

Darwinian theory explains what happens wheninnovations arise among living things, but it doesn’t tell us how thoseinnovations came about in the first place. As genetics pioneer Hugo de Vriesput it, “Natural selection may explain the survival of the fittest, but itcannot explain the arrival of the fittest.”

Andreas Wagner, an award-winning evolutionary biologist,has found that life can innovate itself far faster than scientists previouslythought possible. His research shows how adaptations are not just driven bychance but rather by a set of laws that allow nature to discover new moleculesand mechanisms in a fraction of the time that random variation would take.

Filled with examples of the remarkable biologicalcreativity that surrounds us, Arrival of the Fittest breaks new groundin explaining how innovations in nature occur.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Wagner lucidly explores the natural principles that accelerate life’s ability to innovate and thus evolve…Since it is exceedingly complex, he takes a winding road to approach his goal, but he has the gift of J. B. S. Haldane and Loren Eiseley in that he never slips past his audience’s grasp. Wagner is there with readers throughout the journey…A book of startling congruencies, insightful flashes, and an artful enthusiasm that delivers knowledge from the inorganic page to our organic brains.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Wagner...addresses the intriguing and long-standing question of how such a wide diversity of life arose…and his work further undercuts any arguments for intelligent design.” Publishers Weekly
“This well-written, clear analysis of current research will be of interest to those who want a better understanding of the mechanisms of evolution.” Library Journal
Arrival of the Fittest contains brand-new scientific insights told in sparkling literary prose. It is a landmark book that combines original, perhaps revolutionary ideas elegantly explained. In particular, the concept of genotype networks—that there are thousands of ways to alter a metabolic pathway without stopping it from working—promises to solve the enduring puzzle of how natural selection can be such a force for innovation.” Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen
Arrival of the Fittest reveals the astonishing hidden structure of evolution, long overlooked by biologists, which makes Darwin’s grand idea viable after all. At the same time, it makes life seem even richer and more remarkable than you thought. Darwin would surely have loved this book; I think you will too.” Philip Ball, former editor of Nature, author of The Self-Made Tapestry
“A radical departure from the mainstream perspective on Darwinian evolution. Wagner cuts to the core of innovation in living systems. Fundamental. Entertaining. Brilliant.” Rolf Dobelli, author of The Art of Thinking Clearly
“Wagner’s engaging and delightful book will open your eyes to the mysteries of innovation. His insights will entertain and astonish you and change the way you think.” Daniel E. Lieberman, Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences at Harvard University, author of The Story of the Human Body
“If there is one subject even more controversial than the evolution of intelligence, it is the intelligence of evolution. Andreas Wagner presents a compelling, authoritative, and up-to-date case for bottom-up intelligence in biological evolution, and it sticks.” George Dyson, author of Turing’s Cathedral
“Andreas Wagner is one of those rare scientists with the courage and intellect to see the real nature of evolution.” Frank Vertosick, MD, FACS, author of When the Air Hits Your Brain and Mind

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Author Bio: Andreas Wagner

Author Bio: Andreas Wagner

Andreas Wagner is a professor in the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Zurich in Switzerland and external professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He lectures worldwide and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He lives in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 8.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English