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How Evolution Explains Everything About Life Publisher's Summary

How did we get here? All cultures have a creation story, but a little over 150 years ago, Charles Darwin introduced a revolutionary new one. We, and all living things, exist because of the action of evolution on the first simple life form and its descendants.

We now know that it has taken 3.8 billion years of work by the forces of evolution to turn what was once a lump of barren rock into the rich diversity of plants, animals and microbes that surround us. In the process evolution has created all manner of useful adaptions, from biological computers (brains) to a system to capture energy from the sun (photosynthesis). But how does evolution actually work?

In How Evolution Explains Everything About Life, leading biologists and New Scientist take you on a journey of a lifetime, exploring the questions of whether life is inevitable or a one-off fluke and how it got kick-started. Does evolution have a purpose or direction? Are selfish genes really the driving force of evolution? And is evolution itself evolving?

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    • How Evolution Explains Everything About Life

    • From Darwin's Brilliant Idea to Today's Epic Theory
    • By: New Scientist
    • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
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    How did we get here? All cultures have a creation story, but a little over 150 years ago, Charles Darwin introduced a revolutionary new one. We, and all living things, exist because of the action of evolution on the first simple life form and its descendants. In How Evolution Explains Everything About Life, leading biologists and New Scientist take you on a journey of a lifetime, exploring the questions of whether life is inevitable or a one-off fluke and how it got kick-started.

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    • Your Conscious Mind

    • Unravelling the Greatest Mystery of the Human Brain
    • By: New Scientist
    • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
    • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
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    What is this strange mental world that seems so essential to being human? The conscious mind brings together sensations, perceptions, thoughts and memories to generate the seamless movie of a person's life. It makes us aware of the world around us and our own self. How all this emerges from a kilogram of brain cells is one of the greatest unanswered questions.

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    • Why the Universe Exists

    • How Particle Physics Unlocks the Secrets of Everything
    • By: New Scientist
    • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
    • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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    As you read this, billions of neutrinos from the sun are passing through your body, antimatter is sprouting from your dinner and the core of your being is a chaotic mess of particles known only as quarks and gluons. If the recent discovery of the Higgs boson piqued your interest, then Why the Universe Exists will take you deeper into the world of particle physics, with leading physicists and New Scientist exploring how the universe functions at the smallest scales.

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    • The content is deep, but not so friendly

    • By Varshard on 03-21-18

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    • The Quantum World

    • The disturbing theory at the heart of reality
    • By: New Scientist
    • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
    • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
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    In The Quantum World, leading physicists and New Scientist take you on a journey through quantum theory, its mind-bending properties and the technologies transforming our world. Forget everything you thought you knew about reality. The world is a seriously bizarre place. Things can exist in two places at once and travel backwards and forwards in time. Waves and particles are one and the same, and objects change their behaviour according to whether they are being watched.

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    • How Your Brain Works

    • Inside the Most Complicated Object in the Known Universe
    • By: New Scientist
    • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
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    In How Your Brain Works, leading neuroscientists and New Scientist introduce the evolution and anatomy of the brain viewed through traits such as memory, emotions, sleep, sensing and perception. Ever wondered what's going on inside your head? You are your brain. Everything that makes you you, and all your experiences of the world, are somehow conjured up by 1.4 kilograms of grey matter inside your skull.

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    • The End of Money

    • The Story of Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain Revolution
    • By: New Scientist
    • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
    • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
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    The End of Money is an essential introduction to cryptocurrencies and the blockchain revolution, which has been hailed as the greatest advancement since the invention of the Internet. Murder for hire. Drug trafficking. Embezzlement. Money laundering. These might sound like plot lines of a thriller, but they are true stories from the short history of cryptocurrencies - digital currencies conceived by computer hackers and cryptographers that represent a completely new sort of financial transaction.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very interesting

    • By Anonymous User on 07-16-17
    • The Story of Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain Revolution
    • By: New Scientist
    • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
    • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 06-15-17
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    • Where the Universe Came From

    • How Einstein's relativity unlocks the past, present and future of the cosmos
    • By: New Scientist
    • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
    • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
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    A little over a century ago, a young Albert Einstein presented his general theory of relativity to the world and utterly transformed our understanding of the universe. His theory changed the way we think about space and time, revealed how our universe has been expanding from a hot, dense state called the big bang and predicted black holes. Where the Universe Came From is a 13.8 billiion-year journey through the cosmos.

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    • Machines That Think

    • Everything You Need to Know About the Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence
    • By: New Scientist
    • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
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    Machines That Think explores how artificial intelligence helps us understand human intelligence, machines that compose music and write stories - and asks if AI is really a threat. Sometime in the future, the intelligence of machines will exceed that of human brain power. So are we on the edge of an AI-pocalypse, with superintelligent devices superseding humanity, as predicted by Stephen Hawking? Or will this herald a kind of utopia, with machines doing a far better job at complex tasks than us?

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    • Human Origins

    • 7 Million Years and Counting
    • By: New Scientist
    • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
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    The story of how our ancestors made the first tentative steps towards becoming human, how we lost our fur but gained language, fire and tools, and how we strode out of Africa, invented farming and cities and ultimately created modern civilisation. Where did we come from? Where are we going? Homo sapiens is the most successful, the most widespread and the most influential species ever to walk the Earth.

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    • A Journey Through the Universe

    • A Traveler's Guide from the Centre of the Sun to the Edge of the Unknown
    • By: New Scientist
    • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
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    A Journey Through the Universe is a grand tour of the most amazing celestial objects and how they fit together to build the cosmos. There's a whole universe out there.... Imagine you had a spacecraft capable of travelling through interstellar space. You climb in, blast into orbit, fly out of the solar system and keep going. Where do you end up, and what do you see along the way? The answer is: mostly nothing. Space is astonishingly, mind-blowingly empty.

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    • How Numbers Work

    • Discover the strange and beautiful world of mathematics
    • By: New Scientist
    • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
    • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
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    Think of a number between one and 10. No, hang on, let's make this interesting. Between zero and infinity. Even if you stick to the whole numbers, there are a lot to choose from - an infinite number in fact. Throw in decimal fractions, and infinity suddenly gets an awful lot bigger (is that even possible?). And then there are the negative numbers, the imaginary numbers, the irrational numbers like pi which never end. It literally never ends.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great for us fuzzy-wordy people

    • By Philo on 04-03-18

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