Physicist Richard Feynman once said that if all knowledge about physics was about to expire the one sentence he would tell the future is that “Everything is made of atoms”. What one sentence would you tell the future about your own area, whether it’s entrepreneurship, hedge funds, venture capital, or something else?
We evolutionary biology bloggers are a bit ahead of the game on this one, presenting our definition of evolution in 10 words or less:
Differential inheritance of genetic variation via stochastic and deterministic forces.
Given that this new challenge has no word limit — only a limit of a single sentence — I can add some more depth to my description of the field, exploring a style resembling that of Faulkner. So, here it goes:
The diversity of life on earth changes over time — both short term and long term — due to the differential inheritance of genetic variation within populations via stochastic processes (genetic mutation, random differences in mating success, random differences in survival, etc), greater reproduction of individuals with genotypes that allow for greater reproduction rates (natural selection), and greater reproduction of individuals with genotypes that make them more attractive to mating partners (sexual selection).
How would you describe your area of research in a single sentence?