Theories of evolution have themselves evolved through the dedication - and eccentricities - of a diverse and often competitive collection of scientific adventurers, men such as:
- Charles Darwin, a reclusive man, who published The Origin of Species only under the threat of being scooped by another scientist;
- T. H. Morgan, who ran the famous lab at Columbia University - swarming with escaped fruit flies - where mutations were first explained;
- Francis Crick, who brilliantly unravelled the structure of the DNA molecule;
- Stanley L. Miller, who re-created amino acids, the building blocks of life, in a test tube.
As we stand at the threshold of directing our own evolution through technology, Blueprints
provides a fascinating overview of where the unruly ways and workings of scientific genius have led us - and where they might take us in the future.