evolution brings to mind images of species hanging from the
tree of life. But evolution has not been limited to living systems. This
is the story of how evolution itself has evolved from the beginning of
very word evolution brings to our minds images of Biology textbooks,
artistic recreations of trilobites swimming in Paleozoic seas or drawings
of a line of five or six hominids struggling to walk as straight as the
sapiens in front. We all know that living species evolve but we do
not count our bright sun nor the library next door in the list of evolving
species. And yet everything is subject to processes of evolution; living
organisms but also inert matter or social institutions... evolution itself
has always been evolving. That is the message behind the word metaevolution.
page begun as a short article but evolved into a popular science
book, a book that earned a prestigious award and has been recently
published in Spain. (El libro "Metaevolución.
La Tierra en el Espejo" fue premiado como mejor texto inédito de
divulgación científica en el XIII Certamen "Casa de las Ciencias
de Divulgación" (año 2000),
organizado por el museo "Casa de
las Ciencias" de La Coruña.)
a summary of its contents and "coordinates":
"Metaevolución. La Tierra en el Espejo"
(winner of the XIII
certamen Casa de las Ciencias de Divulgación. year 2000)
Pedro Gómez Romero
ediciones, Madrid, Nov. 2001
pages, 55 figures, 14.42 Euros
Where to buy it?. In bookstores and also in Internet :
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Don't be misled by that funny word in the title. This book is not about
abstract scientific theories. Instead, it offers an integrating overview
of the whole process of evolution of matter, from the big-bang up to our
little corner of the universe were we are witnessing our own fragile but
unique cultural evolution. And it does so in a way most accessible to the
non-scientist. But there is more.
Let me put it in questions:
What do the sun, a bacteria and your favorite
bookstore have in common?
What is the propability of a soap bubble?
What would have been of the Theory of Evoltion
if Darwin would have missed his ship?
Who plans our technological evolution?
Does anybody know how much crude oil remains
to be extracted in the world?
Is it really necessary that our cars carry a
little chimmeny in the rear end?
These are some of the surprising questions to which you will find surprising
answers in this book. A book with humor and a story-telling style that
deals in an engaging way with important questions facing our technological
Because after inviting us to take a look at our evolution from
the perspective of aliens in our flying saucers, the author tells us stories
of scientific discovery and analyzes our present state of cultural
evolution, the technological crossroads we are presently facing and the
fundamental role of science to understand and overcome the challenges ahead.