Charles Darwin started it: the debate that divided Victorian society and set the questions which shaped scientific research through the last century and into this millennium. Today, evolution is being used to explain hot topics such as cloning, long-standing mysteries such as homology, and astonishing labbench results such as the ey gene. Mark Ridley's Oxford Reader features major contributions to the universal debate by writers such as Charles Darwin, Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Dawkins, Jacques Monod, Theodosius Dobzhansky, and Francis Crick.
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