Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution (Paperback)
“Original and awe-inspiring . . . an exhilarating tour of some of the most profound and important ideas in biology.”—New Scientist
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.
About the Author
Nick Lane is professor of evolutionary biochemistry at University College London and an award-winning author of five books. He codirects UCL’s Centre for Life’s Origins and Evolution (CLOE) and lives in London. Bill Gates calls him “one of my favorite science writers.”
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
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.
— Kirkus Reviews
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