Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution (Paperback)

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“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.”

Praise For…

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.
— Nature

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393338669
ISBN-10: 0393338665
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: June 14th, 2010
Pages: 352
Language: English

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