Monkeying about with Shakespeare...;Software

12th March 1999 at 00:00
The History of Life (age 12-17) offers a way into difficult ideas about evolution and the origins of life. Using the wacky approach of its History of the Universe, the CD-Rom explains chromosomes, Gaia theory and selfish genes.

It answers questions such as: "Are humans inevitable?", "What is life?" and even: "If I cloned myself, would I have a friend at last?" The title also includes a "cumulative selection" game, where a monkey tries to type the word "Shakespeare", and gradual success illustrates how evolution might work; while another game, Blending Inheritance, shows the folly of Darwin's idea that children are a mere blend of theirparents. Price pound;19.95.

Ransom Publishing 01491 613711 www.ransompublishing.co.uk

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