Ten Great Inventions of Evolution
from Nature, New Scientist, The Guardian and more...
makes this such a great read is that Lane, a biochemist by training,
does not simply rehash the standard evolutionary tales - unlike many
books published recently. Instead, he is familiar with all the latest
research and has made up his own mind about who is right. The result
is an original and awe-inspiring account. The first two chapters are
the most coherent and convincing summaries of the dawn of life and
of DNA that I have ever read... This is an exhilarating tour of some
of the most profound and important ideas in biology. Anyone interested
in life should read it. Highly recommended."
Michael Le Page, NEW SCIENTIST
clarity and vigor... Lane smoothly pulls in evidence from genetics,
proteomics, paleontology and geophysics to show how the critical components
and mechanisms of complex life could have developed.
Peter Dizikes NEW YORK TIMES
and imaginative... full of surprises... Life Ascending is a fascinating
book for anyone interested in life and evolution."
Lewis Wolpert, NATURE
start to finish, origin of life to death, this book is a pleasure
to digest. As I turned the final page it crossed my mind to go back
to the beginning and enjoy it all over again." Ruth
brings the science alive with the kind of beautiful prose that turns
a book full of interesting information into a book you simply cannot
put down."Amanda Gefter, NEW
SCIENTIST, Books of the Year, 2010
prose is elegant, poetic almost, and he reveals himself as a stylish,
persuasive essayist. His award of the 2010 Royal Society Book Prize
is eminently deserved." THE
TIMES, Books of the Year 2010
outstanding contribution to evolutionary writing." Peter
INDEPENDENT Books of the Year 2010
Lane is one of the most exciting science writers of our time."
its vast scope, page-turning revelations and elegant prose, Nick Lane’s
Life Ascending is everything one could hope for in a science book."
is that particularly
rare breed: a scientist who can not only offer a birds-eye view of
an entire field but also tell you about his own very interesting ideas."
is a science book that doesn't cheat: the structure is logical, the
writing is witty, and the hard questions are tackled head on."
Tim Radford, THE GUARDIAN
Lane does a masterful job... an elegant, fully satisfying whole."
Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
no bones about it, this is an excellent book. It is great fun, readable,
bubbling over with enthusiasm, and not afraid of controversial, even
weird, ideas... Hopeless as a bedside book: you'd never sleep."
Graham Cairns-Smith, CHEMISTRY WORLD
clever concept is carried through with a clarity and enthusiasm that
belies the sophistication of the science.." GUARDIAN
will blow your bloody mind… A series of lucid and logical explanations
of the sublime intricacies and mechanics of biological evolution…
blissful epiphanies on every page.” Giles
writer who's not afraid to think big - and think
hard." Frank Wilczek, 2004
Nobel Laureate in Physics
amazing scientist." Don Braben,
TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION
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." SHORTLIST
Lane comes closer to achieving [my dream popular science book] than
any other book I have read. From the first sentence he writes with
a sense of wide-eyed wonder that (almost) always keeps its feet firmly
on the facts... highly recommended as an update and tonic for any
biologist who has lost touch with the subject’s excitement:
bravo, Nick Lane!"John Cheverton,
book is, in the tradition of the best science writing, an ommateum
(a compound vision) of the interconnectedness of everything in the
world, as befits a poet who just happens to be extremely well-versed
in physics, geology, and biochemistry. Lane tells a scientists tale
in a way that adds to his reader’s sense of radical amazement....
It is literate and witty and one of my favorite science books of the
past few years." Wayne Mones,
well written... It should be read by all biology students and their
professors. I have just concluded reading it, and despite having studied
biology for about six decades I have learnt a lot from it."Lars
Olof Björn, INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY
and stimulating... Captures the excitement of science in
action, with its mysteries, questions and conflicts... exhilarating."
Margaret Quamme, THE
lays out processes of dizzying complexity in smooth, nimble prose."
"Life Ascending really is beautifully written, and Lane has a
true flair for scientific story telling... uttery gripping."
Lewis Dartnell, ASTROBIOLOGY SOCIETY OF BRITAIN
a fascinating and provocative scientific book for the layperson."
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." HOW IT WORKS
fascinating look at how scientists have come to understand evolution
with an ingenuity rivaling that of nature herself."
vivid picture of how evolution has informed life."
GLOBE AND MAIL (Canada)
explanation of the newest evolutionary findings." SUNDAY
STAR TIMES (New Zealand)
"There are wonderful explanations here, and even better questions...
in this compelling book." Rob
Hardy, THE DISPATCH
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." Carl Zimmer, DISCOVER
fun read, deep enough to give you some substance, yet clearly written
with the general public in mind… a really enjoyable text."
PZ Myers, PHARYNGULA
very smart discussion of the status of our understanding of the origins
of life, how life has changed over the millennia, and how we have
learned about those things... I enjoyed it a great deal." Hal
Harris, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION
is at his best, parsing competing theories with the command of a practitioner,
yet cushioning the sharp edges of the technical details. He deftly
employs metaphor, toeing the line between presenting the fully scientific
details and sketching the larger picture." Jacob
Lemieux, The OXONIAN
fascinating and beautifully written account of the great mysteries
of life - how it arose, how it works, why things die, how consciousness
evolved. It's a great read, and provides real insight into current
scientific thinking about the big evolutionary puzzles without getting
tangled up in difficulties. Ian
Charles Darwin sprang from his grave, I would give him this fine book
to bring him up to speed." Matt