New knowledge, however, is invariably being created and we reach new frontiers of knowledge to be transcended by further research. Ian Stewart, If Charles Darwin sprang from his grave, I would give him this fine book to bring him up to speed. In ten chapters, he discusses what he feels are the ten great inventions of evolution. His award of the 2010 Royal Society Book Prize is eminently deserved. Over the small Over the small range of biologically meaningful temperatures, from around 0°C up to 40°C Original and awe-inspiring... an exhilarating tour of some of the most profound and important ideas in biology. The book may be almost ten years old now, but it still speaks to present popular understanding with remarkable prescience. This book ['Life Ascending'] fails to deal properly with LIFE, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 19, 2019. Cancel online anytime. There is no inventor, no intelligent design. SHORTLIST MAGAZINE, Nick Lane comes closer to achieving [my dream popular science book] than any other book I have read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. On page 2 Lane says: "Evolution has no foresight, and does not plan for the future. Original and awe-inspiring... an exhilarating tour of some of the most profound and important ideas in biology. The treatment in the book is rigorous but accessible, witty, possesses literary merit while the research presented is inter disciplinary, multifaceted, multi layered and impeccably documented. Home Books Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Original and awe-inspiring... an exhilarating tour of some of the most profound and important ideas in biology Michael Le Page, The emergence of life itself remains obscure. How did the eye evolve? Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 29, 2015. The book discusses the emergence and ascent of life on our planet while highlighting landmarks in evolution. This failure is reflected especially clearly in his Chapter 9, ''Consciousness'', where he makes some attempt to look at human characteristics which are not found in the 'nature' of the brute beast, and which emphatically exceed the characteristics of the brute beast. How did the eye evolve? Graham Cairns-Smith, CHEMISTRY WORLD, A clever concept is carried through with a clarity and enthusiasm that belies the sophistication of the science.. He does not, and cannot, tell us that, because life did not invent itself. Over the last decades, groundbreaking new research has provided vivid insights into the makeup of life. This book is a new look at evolution via what the author describes as its ‘ ten greatest inventions’, and each of its ten chapters has an appropriate heading: The Origin of Life, DNA, Photosynthesis, The Complex Cell, Sex, Movement, Sight, Hot Blood, Consciousness and Death. The file will be sent to your Kindle account. Impressive… readable, provocative and often persuasive… undoubtedly important. . These discoveries have helped explain the evolution of life in more detail and with greater precision than ever before. He deftly employs metaphor, toeing the line between presenting the fully scientific details and sketching the larger picture. SUNDAY STAR TIMES (New Zealand), There are wonderful explanations here, and even better questions... in this compelling book. Overall, a very nice book, full of facts that we do know, but also of theories based on solid scientific evidence. Sold and delivered by Audible, an Amazon company. ‘Sea’ would have been better. The moon hung heavy and threatening in the sky, far closer, and so looking much bigger, than today. Also, the back cover of his book tells us that Lane will tell us 'How did life invent itself?' “Original and awe-inspiring . I enjoyed it a great deal. This is the first book I read by Nick Lane and it surely won't be the last. Our eyes would not bulge and burst, as they may on Mars; but our lungs could find no breath of oxygen. ... the creation of scientific research and discovery at its best and finest, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 27, 2016. While reading the book you have the feeling that you are present at the creation of scientific research and discovery at its best and finest. In thrall to that looming moon, the tides were colossal, ranging perhaps hundreds of feet. I reject that. Carl Zimmer, SCIENCE, Wonderful... Lane does a masterful job... an elegant, fully satisfying whole. Renowned biochemist Nick Lane draws upon cutting-edge scientific findings to construct the mosaic of life’s astounding history. Profile Books, 2010 - Science - 344 pages. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. But as Lane shows with clarity and vigor, fascinating studies on the subject abound. Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Make no bones about it, this is an excellent book. HOW IT WORKS, A fascinating look at how scientists have come to understand evolution with an ingenuity rivaling that of nature herself. Do, please, read this book. Lane lays out processes of dizzying complexity in smooth, nimble prose. Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen, From start to finish, origin of life to death, this book is a pleasure to digest. Amanda Gefter, NEW SCIENTIST, Books of the Year, 2010, Lane’s prose is elegant, poetic almost, and he reveals himself as a stylish, persuasive essayist. Who would have guessed that eyes started off as light-sensitive spots used to calibrate photosynthesis in algae? You can write a book review and share your experiences. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Audacious... For anyone interested in some of the most profound questions of twenty-first century science. A fascinating look at the key triggers for evolution which have been the author's stand out points to get to our understanding of life today. Lane describes how each of evolution’s great inventions—from DNA to sex, from hot blood to consciousness and finally death—transformed life and often the planet itself. The books of Hawking, for example (see Hawking's 'The Grand Design - New Answers to the Ultimate Questions of Life'', and ''Brief Answers to the Big Questions'') recognize that the key human question is the difference between the irrational brute beast and rational humankind. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution, Switch between reading the Kindle book & listening to the Audible narration with, Get the Audible audiobook for the reduced price of $8.49 after you. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 3, 2018. I read this book after Oxygen and found it equally informative. A fascinating look at the key triggers for evolution, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 28, 2019. This is a new take on why we are here. LIBRARY JOURNAL, Explores many of the most important questions in biology... Nick Lane is clear and concise in his writing, delivering concepts and ideas with ease and enthusiasm. Drawing on a treasure trove of new scientific knowledge, Nick Lane expertly reconstructs evolution's history by describing its 10 greatest inventions - from sex and warmth to death - resulting in a stunning account of nature's ingenuity. Don Braben, TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION, Nick Lane's examination of the brilliance of evolution isn't as thunderous as Richard Dawkins' last book but in a strange way that makes it all the more fascinating… Lane provides a thought-provoking account of how inspirational life really is. Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution. Rob Hardy, THE DISPATCH, Lane writes about tricky topics like the chemistry of photosynthesis with grace and ease… he not only reports on the latest research on each topic but also sometimes steps in with intriguing ideas of his own. Lane expertly reconstructs the history of life by describing the ten greatest inventions of evolution based on their historical impact, role in organisms today, and relevance to current controversies.

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