Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution

Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution


By (author) Nick Lane

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm x 38mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 23 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393338665
  • ISBN 13: 9780393338669
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 20 figures
  • Sales rank: 135,853

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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 ten greatest inventions-from sex and warmth to death-resulting in a stunning account of nature's ingenuity.

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Author information

Nick Lane is a biochemist and professor of evolutionary biology at University College London. He is the author of Power, Sex, Suicide, named an Economist Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Aventis Science Book Prize; and Life Ascending, winner of the Royal Society Prize for Science Books.

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"Excellent and imaginative and, similar to life itself, the book is full of surprises." "Lane lays out processes of dizzying complexity in smooth, nimble prose." "The emergence of life itself remains obscure. But as Lane shows with clarity and vigor, fascinating studies on the subject abound." "If Charles Darwin sprang from his grave, I would give him this fine book to bring him up to speed." -- Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen