Are We Alone – Who’s on First?

by Gary Niederhoff on March 14, 2011

Being first counts in science. Land that coveted spot and you’ll make history, whether it’s with the first steam engine or the discovery of our earliest human ancestor.

But what does “first” mean when technological invention so heavily builds on what’s come before… and evolution represents continuous change?

Find out how “publish or perish” made Darwin famous… why we’ll never find the first human fossil… and how powerful new telescopes are allowing us to see the earliest galaxies.

Plus, the chicken and egg battle it out in line.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Leslea Hlusko on the rise of homo sapiens.
Part 2: Garth Illingworth on the big bang.
Part 3: Sean Carroll on Alfred Wallace and Charles Darwin.

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