The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life

The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life

by Nick Lane


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393352979
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/26/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 87,863
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Nick Lane is a biochemist in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London, and leads the UCL Origins of Life Program. He was awarded the 2015 Biochemical Society Award for his outstanding contribution to the molecular life sciences. 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why is life the way it is? 1

Part I The Problem

1 What is life? 19

2 What is living? 53

Part II The Origin of Life

3 Energy at life's origin 89

4 The emergence of cells 122

Part III Complexity

5 The origin of complex cells 157

6 Sex and the origins of death 192

Part IV Predictions

7 The power and the glory 237

Epilogue: From the deep 281

Glossary 291

Acknowledgements 300

Bibliography 306

List of illustrations 334

Index 338

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