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The Vital Question Why is Life the Way it is? by Nick Lane
  

The Vital Question Why is Life the Way it is?

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In The Vital Question, Nick Lane radically reframes evolutionary history, putting forward a cogent solution to conundrums that have troubled scientists for decades. The answer, he argues, lies in energy: how all life on Earth lives off a voltage with the strength of a bolt of lightning. In unravelling these scientific enigmas, making sense of life's quirks, Lane's explanation provides a solution to life's vital questions: why are we as we are, and why are we here at all? This is ground-breaking science in an accessible form, in the tradition of Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species, Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, and Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel.

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The Vital Question Why is Life the Way it is? by Nick Lane

Why is life the way it is? Bacteria evolved into complex life just once in four billion years of life on earth - and all complex life shares many strange properties, from sex to ageing and death. If life evolved on other planets, would it be the same or completely different?

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'One of the most exciting science writers of our time' The Independent

'An amazing scientist' Times Higher Education

About the Author

Nick Lane is a biochemist at the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College, London and the founding member of the UCL Consortium for Mitochondrial Research. He was recently awarded a 2015 Biochemical Society Award for his outstanding contribution to the molecular life sciences. He is the author of Life Ascending, Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the meaning of life, and Oxygen: The molecule that made the world, all of which were widely praised by both the scientific and popular press.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th April 2016

Author

Nick Lane

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Publisher

Profile Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
352 pages

Categories

The Real World
Popular Science
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Popular science
Biology, life sciences

ISBN

9781781250372

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