Science, we could say, is all about discovering change. Cosmic explosions cool and planets form. Tectonic plates shift and Earth has new continents. Microbes evolve into a complex organism that one day explains how that happened.
Ecologists tell us change happens despite individual will. And yet individual will generates changes that forever alter societies. When it comes to human psychology, or more to the point, relationships, who doesn’t like to ask, “Do people ever really change?”
We put change under the microscope in this issue of Nautilus. We begin with a change that affects everybody today, the evolution of the coronavirus. How the virus continues to change itself to thrive, and how we can make changes to prevent its effects, epitomizes how the force of change in nature and humanity defines our world.
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