Life Ascending

Life Ascending : The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 38.1mm | 453.59g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 20 figures
  • 0393338665
  • 9780393338669
  • 221,471

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"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 "Lane lays out processes of dizzying complexity in smooth, nimble prose." -- Kirkus Reviews "Excellent and imaginative and, similar to life itself, the book is full of surprises." -- Nature "The emergence of life itself remains obscure. But as Lane shows with clarity and vigor, fascinating studies on the subject abound." -- The New York Times
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About Nick Lane

Nick Lane is a biochemist in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London, and leads the UCL Origins of Life Program. He was awarded the 2015 Biochemical Society Award for his outstanding contribution to the molecular life sciences. He is the author of Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution, which won the 2010 Royal Society Prize for Science Books, as well as Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life and Oxygen: The Molecule that Made the World.
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