Cutting across boundaries of art and science, evolution is a fundamental process that has beguiled thinkers through the ages. Now Darwin's ideas pervade all manner of disciplines from sociology to cosmology. This collection draws together world renowned thinkers and communicators with their own intriguing insights. In these essays they offer a feast of dazzling thoughts and ideas to challenge and enthrall the reader. The breadth of interest ranges from biologist Stephen Jay Gould on the evolution of evolution to Gillian Beer on the evolution of the novel.