Before Darwin, nearly everyone, in every corner of the world, believed in some type of ‘‘intelligent design,” and the majority still do.
What is inevitable here is not the mathematical beauty of physical law, but the circumlocutions scientists use to evade design in nature.
“The man is fearless in pursuing lines of reasoning that are considered taboo by current standards.”
Is evolution carrying us upward to new heights of human goodness, as some have claimed?
“Berlinski is a modern Hannah Arendt, but deeper, more illuminating, and wittier (i.e., smarter).”