The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, And The Origins Of Complex Life
  • The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, And The Origins Of Complex Life
  • The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, And The Origins Of Complex Life
  • The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, And The Origins Of Complex Life
ISBN: 0393088812
EAN13: 9780393088816
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 20, 2015
Pages: 368
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 9.3" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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To explain the mystery of how life evolved on Earth, Nick Lane explores the deep link between energy and genes.

The Earth teems with life: in its oceans, forests, skies, and cities. Yet there's 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 forms. 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, Lane's 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 life's vital question: Why are we as we are, and indeed, why are we here at all?

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