i wonder... Issue 1 August 2018

This issue of iWonder... is centered on evolution, a concept that today is almost synonymous with Charles Darwin. However, in a strange but fitting way, the word evolution, derived from the Latin ‘evolvere’, was originally used to refer to the ‘unrolling of a book’. And it was, in fact, Charles Lyell who first used this term with its modern meaning – twenty-seven years before Darwin used it once in the final paragraph of his ‘On the Origin of Species’. Thus, it is Lyell’s notion that ‘the present is the key to the past’, a key first principle in almost every field of science, which is the underlying thread linking the articles in this issue – from the evolution of stars and the Earth to that of living organisms, humans, or even the phenomenon of ocean acidification.
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