The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life

The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life Author Nick Lane
ISBN-10 0393352978
ISBN-13 9780393352979
Year 2016-06-21
Pages 368
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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One of the deepest most illuminating books about the history of life to have been published in recent years The EconomistThe Earth teems with life in its oceans forests skies and cities Yet theres a black hole at the heart of biology We do not know why complex life is the way it is or for that matter how life first began In The Vital Question award winning author and biochemist Nick Lane radically reframes evolutionary history putting forward a solution to conundrums that have puzzled generations of scientists For two and a half billion years from the very origins of life single celled organisms such as bacteria evolved without changing their basic form Then on just one occasion in four billion years they made the jump to complexity All complex life from mushrooms to man shares puzzling features such as sex which are unknown in bacteria How and why did this radical transformation happen The answer Lane argues lies in energy all life on Earth lives off a voltage with the strength of a lightning bolt Building on the pillars of evolutionary theory Lanes hypothesis draws on cutting edge research into the link between energy and cell biology in order to deliver a compelling account of evolution from the very origins of life to the emergence of multicellular organisms while offering deep insights into our own lives and deaths Both rigorous and enchanting The Vital Question provides a solution to lifes vital question why are we as we are and indeed why are we here at all 37 illlustrations

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Life Ascending

Life Ascending Author Nick Lane
ISBN-10 9781847652225
Release 2010-10-01
Pages 469