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This is my second monthly column for the website 3 Quarks Daily.We live in a fractured age when many seem to be convinced that their beliefs are right, and that they can never agree with the other side on anything to any degree. Science has always been...
For four and a half billion years, evolution on our planet progressed at its own pace, through blind fortune and culling, creating dinosaurs and diatoms, butterflies and blue whales. The organisms that this evolution forged were at the mercy of random mutations,...
In 1915, an exceptionally bright Italian youngster walked the two miles from his home to the Campo dei Fiori in Rome to hunt for science books in the weekly market fair. His step was determined and his face was grim. His countenance hid the fact that he was...

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This is my second monthly column for the website 3 Quarks Daily.We live in a fractured age when many seem to be convinced that their beliefs are right, and that they can never agree with the other side on anything to any degree. Science has always been...
For four and a half billion years, evolution on our planet progressed at its own pace, through blind fortune and culling, creating dinosaurs and diatoms, butterflies and blue whales. The organisms that this evolution forged were at the mercy of random mutations,...
In 1915, an exceptionally bright Italian youngster walked the two miles from his home to the Campo dei Fiori in Rome to hunt for science books in the weekly market fair. His step was determined and his face was grim. His countenance hid the fact that he was...