Sherratt and Wilkinson's book centers around 10 big questions in ecology and evolutionary biology, most of which will sound familiar: Why do we age? Why sex? Why cooperate? Why species? Why are the tropics so diverse? Is nature chaotic? Why is the world green? Why is the sea blue? When did we start to change things? And how will the biosphere end? None of these questions have satisfactory answers yet, and therein lies the attraction of this book for stimulating discussions at many levels of expertise about these far-ranging topics. The authors smoothly lay out each question, describe historical proposed answers, explain some of the past and present research in the field, and assess which ideas have been discredited and which are still contenders. In doing so, they nicely illuminate the process of science across decades of research, explaining how even...

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