Duke University evolutionary biologist Mohamed A. F. Noor talks about his book Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us about Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds.
Welcome to Scientific American’s Science Talk, posted on February 12, 2020. I’m Steve Mirsky. It’s Darwin Day—Charles Darwin was born on this date in 1809. So we’ll talk a bit about evolution on this episode but in a fun way:
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No, we won’t be talking to Kirk or McCoy. But we will chat with Mohamed Noor. He’s a biologist at Duke University specializing in genetics and evolution. And he’s the author of the 2018 book Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us about Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds. The paperback edition is coming out on February 25. We spoke by phone.
More with Noor after this short break.
Mohamed Noor will be speaking on Star Trek: The Cruise IV, a weeklong trip leaving from Miami March 1. That’s it for this episode. Get your science news at our Web site, www.ScientificAmerican.com, where you’ll also find a bunch of articles in our archives on the science of Star Trek. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, where you’ll get a tweet whenever a new item hits the Web site. Our twitter name is @sciam.
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