A new story by Carl Zimmer on the evolution of complexity has followed a complex path into print.
Well, OK, maybe not so complex, but an interesting path, and one that many of us might be following soon.
The story, as Zimmer lays it out, begins on his blog The Loom at National Geographic's Phenomena. There Zimmer explained that he had been thinking for some time about a story on how complexity evolves, but had trouble sorting out the arguments and finding an outlet where he could tell the story at the length he thought it required. At one point, he got an magazine assignment, but as he reported the story, he came to feel that it would not be right for that magazine, so he withdrew it.
He then found a partner in Thomas Lin, managing...