This is a difficult read, even for a student studying a biology degree. I understand the fundamentals of the origin of life but this book is so in-depth and complex. I admit I started reading it on holiday so put it down as it was too much to grasp during a relaxing break. I shall pick it up again when I'm back at university and in the right mindset. I wouldn't recommend this for anyone who knows nothing about the subject.
The Vital Question: Why is life the way it is?
A Paperback edition by Nick Lane (Apr 7, 2016)
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Short Description: Why is life the way it is? Bacteria evolved into complex life just once in four billion years of life on earth-and all complex life shares many strange properties, from sex to... Read more
Why is life the way it is? Bacteria evolved into complex life just once in four billion years of life on earth-and all complex life shares many strange properties, from sex to ageing and death. If life evolved on other planets, would it be the same or completely different?
In The Vital Question, Nick Lane radically reframes evolutionary history, putting forward a cogent solution to conundrums that have troubled scientists for decades. The answer, he argues, lies in energy: how all life on Earth lives off a voltage with the strength of a bolt of lightning. In unravelling these scientific enigmas, making sense of life's quirks, Lane's explanation provides a solution to life's vital questions: why are we as we are, and why are we here at all?
This is ground-breaking science in an accessible form, in the tradition of Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species, Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, and Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel.
The Vital Question Paperback edition by Nick Lane
- Nick Lane
- Profile Books Ltd
- Publication date
- Apr 7, 2016
- Product dimensions
- 127 x 196 x 25mm
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