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. His life ascending the ten great inventions of evolution was awarded the 2010 royal society prize for science books he has previously published oxygen the molecule that made the world and power sex suicide mitochondria and the meaning of life. Drawing on this treasure trove of new scientific knowledge biochemist nick lane expertly reconstructs the history of life by describing the ten greatest inventions of evolution based on their impact on the living world their importance in organisms today and their iconic power who would have guessed that eyes started off as light sensitive . In life ascending lane painstakingly brings his readers up to speed on the latest scientific insights into 10 great evolutionary inventions among them the origin of life itself dna photosynthesis complex cells and sight all wildly implausible events on the face of it but not in the least surprising to a modern biologist. Life ascending is a challenging read which provides ample rewards for the determined reader it is literate and witty and one of my favorite science books of the past few years it is literate and witty and one of my favorite science books of the past few years
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