Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution
Winner of the 2010 Royal Society Prize for science books
Powerful new research methods are providing fresh and vivid insights into the makeup of life. Comparing gene sequences, examining the atomic structure of proteins and looking into the geochemistry of rocks have all helped to explain creation and evolution in more detail than ever before. Nick Lane uses the full extent of this new knowledge to describe the ten greatest inventions of life, based on their historical impact, role in living organisms today and relevance to current controversies. DNA, sex, sight and consciousnesses are just four examples.
Lane also explains how these findings have come about, and the extent to which they can be relied upon. The result is a gripping and lucid account of the ingenuity of nature, and a book which is essential reading for anyone who has ever questioned the science behind the glories of everyday life.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MarkBeronte - LibraryThing
Where does DNA come from? What is consciousness? How did the eye evolve? Drawing on a treasure trove of new scientific knowledge, Nick Lane expertly reconstructs evolution’s history by describing its ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rondoctor - LibraryThing
Interesting in the way Lane pulls together disparate scientific threads to create a story. He sometimes is rather flippant, casting some doubt on the validity of his linkages and conclusions. However, that is his style and it does liven up the subject matter somewhat. Read full review