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The front cover of Chandra Suresh's Activating Evolution
|First mentioned:||One Giant Leap|
|Current status:||in print|
The front cover of the book consists of a blue background with the title and the author's name. Prominently featured is the mysterious symbol (which has appeared in various other locations). The back cover portrays a photograph of Dr. Suresh.
Activating Evolution details Dr. Suresh's theories regarding the emergence of humans with extraordinary new genetic abilities, and includes references to several of the abilities which Suresh predicted individuals would evolve to possess, including rapid tissue regeneration, teleportation, telepathy, and levitation.
Peter Petrelli discovers the book in the library while researching human flight. Peter brings the book to the attention of his brother Nathan while at his campaign headquarters. Peter believes the author "knows what's going on" and wants to find him. Peter gives Nathan the book, but Nathan dismisses Peter's desires to acknowledge their powers.
Mohinder tracks down Nathan, who does not listen to the young doctor's warnings about Sylar and the grave danger Nathan might face. Nathan does, however, tell Peter about Dr. Suresh. Peter mistakes the young Dr. Suresh for the elder Dr. Suresh pictured on the back of the book. Peter visits Mohinder at Mohinder's apartment, and the two embark on a short mission to discover Peter's powers.
In a dream, Chandra expresses to Mohinder how he believes his theories are correct. Mohinder replies it is becoming harder to "cover for him", referring that his theories and research are generating displeasure at the university. Chandra tells Mohinder he'll see who the fool will be.
The day of the Homecoming game, Zach gives Claire a copy of the book that he ordered off the Internet. He tells her there is a section on rapid cellular regeneration. Claire thinks it's a nice gesture of friendship.
In a dream, Mohinder tells Chandra that he happened upon a rough draft of Activating Evolution, and that he had just finished reading the manuscript. Mohinder is promptly chastised by his father for taking the text off his desk. Mohinder expresses an interest in helping Chandra, but Chandra replies that he doesn't want Mohinder to be involved in this. Chandra quotes Darwin and claims that a scientist should have a heart of stone and that Mohinder does not. He tells Mohinder to go home.
Chandra meets Gabriel Gray at his apartment for the first time, and gives Gray a copy of the book. Dr. Suresh informs Gray that he could be an evolved human. He mentions some theories from the book — that the brain controls every action, and that if there's a soul, it's in the brain. They also discuss the idea of an "evolutionary imperative", claiming that evolution compels creatures towards certain behaviors.
Later, Brian Davis enters Gray & Sons. Gabriel, referencing a "defect" he has detected in Davis, says, "I can fix it ... It's an evolutionary imperative!" Gabriel is then compelled to bludgeon Davis over the head.
On her way to Brooklyn, Maya hitchhikes to San Cristobal in a pickup truck and reads chapter 5 of Chandra Suresh's book, Activating Evolution. The chapter explains that even seemingly harmful mutations can bring hidden good; and that humanity is obligated to explore and understand its own mutations in order to ensure that hidden gifts from nature are not overlooked.
Nathan provides the President with files and records of and on evolved humans. Included is a flier for Professor Mohinder Suresh's lecture titled "Activating Evolution", which was held in a Cairo lecture hall.
The following excerpt is from the Introduction, as listed on activatingevolution.org:
The following excerpt is from Chapter 5, as listed in Maya y Alejandro:
- On her way to San Cristóbal, Maya holds an English copy of Activating Evolution (Maya y Alejandro). Later, she reads a Spanish copy of the book (Four Months Later...). While this is most likely a simple oversight, it is possible (but unlikely) that Maya possesses more than one copy of the book.
- According to an article found in Mohinder's office, Chandra was working on research for a second edition of Activating Evolution at the time of his death.
- The jacket images for the book prop used in Heroes actually shows two different actors, one in more western style clothing and one in the traditional Indian wardrobe. Please see the Chandra Suresh article for more information.
This version of the book (as it appeared in One Giant Leap) features Dr. Suresh as a turbaned man, portrayed by a different actor.
A copy of the book was found in Sylar's apartment.
On her way to Brooklyn, Maya reads...
- For other uses of evolution, see evolution (disambig).
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