- Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Profile Books (7. Januar 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1861978189
- ISBN-13: 978-1861978189
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,6 x 2 x 23,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 66.255 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. Januar 2010
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This 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 Guardian Original and awe-inspiring ... an exhilarating tour of some of the most profound and important ideas in biology -- Michael Le Page New Scientist Excellent and imaginative and, similar to life itself, the book is full of surprises ... a fascinating book for anyone interested in life and evolution, and how these discoveries were made Nature Life Ascending earns its place on the bookshelf of every biology teacher - and anyone else interested in how we all got here. -- James Kingsland Guardian an absolute joy...Dr Nick Lane employs a clarity of thought and an adroitness of expression that allows the reader to easily navigate his enviable breadth of knowledge. A breadth of knowledge that never scrimps on detail whilst delivering logic and inspiration in equal measure. The very definition of a 'must read' for anyone that has ever marvelled at the complexity of life Laboratory News If Charles Darwin sprang from his grave, I would give him this fine book to bring him up to speed. -- Matt Ridley Lane brings 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 Nick Lane is one of the most exciting science writers of our time. His book...reads like a smooth chronicle, has great subject matter and is well argued. -- Steve Connor Independent With its vast scope, page-turning revelations and elegant prose, Nick Lane's Life Ascending is everything one could hope for in a science book -- Robert Matthews Daily Telegraph
How did life invent itself? Where did DNA come from? How did humans develop sight? Nick Lane draws upon the findings of powerful new research to piece together the mosaic of life's remarkable history. Powerful new research methods are providing fresh and vivid insights into the makeup of life. Comparing gene sequences, examining the atomic structure of proteins and looking into the geochemistry of rocks have all helped to explain creation and evolution in more detail than ever before. Nick Lane uses the full extent of this new knowledge to describe the ten greatest inventions of life, based on their historical impact, role in living organisms today and relevance to current controversies. DNA, sex, sight and consciousnesses are just four examples.Lane also explains how these findings have come about, and the extent to which they can be relied upon. The result is a gripping and lucid account of the ingenuity of nature, and a book which is essential reading for anyone who has ever questioned the science behind the glories of everyday life. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Zu jeder 'Erfindung' beschreibt er nicht nur den aktuellen Forschungsstand sondern auch den Weg dahin, mit all seinen Kurven, Steinen und falschen Abzweigungen. So kann der Leser nachvollziehen wie geforscht wird.
Sehr lesenswert, aber nicht leicht zu lesen, Grundkenntnisse in Chemie und Zellbiologie sind hilfreich. Zur Not gibt es ja das Internet.
kontext der evolutionstheorie stellt und einen guten überblick über die den aktuellen stand verschafft.
vom der frage zum entstehen von leben (ursuppe? wirklich?) über die grundlagen der molekularbiologie
bishin zur frage danach welchen evolutionsbiologischen sinn bewusstsein machen könnte und warum der
tod "benötigt" wird, verschafft es dem leser eine interessante perspektive darüber warum wir sind, was
auf der anderen seite muss ich sagen, dass ich schon einige bücher in dieser domäne gelesen habe und
die frage sich schon stellt, wieviel wissen man bereits mitbringen muss, um es zu verstehen. wenn dies
ihr erstes buch zum thema ist (ich würde sagen hauptsächlich "molekularbiologie"), dann kann es sein,
dass einige passagen eher anstrengend zu lesen sind. aber: für die tiefe des thema ist das buch sehr,
sehr leserlich und unterhaltsam geschrieben.
nach dem buch "shocked" von david casarett, werde ich nun "mitochondria and the meaning of life" von
nick lane lesen.
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"This book is about the greatest inventions of evolution [where invention does NOT imply a deliberate inventor], how each one transformed the living world, and how we humans have learned to read this past...It is a celebration of life's marvellous inventiveness...It is...the long story of how we came to be here--the milestones along the epic journey from the origin of life to our own lives and deaths. It is a book grand in scope. We shall span the lengths and breadths of life, from its very origins in deep-sea vents to human consciousness, from tiny bacteria to giant dinosaurs. We shall span the sciences, from geology and chemistry to neuroimaging, from quantum physics to planetary science. And we shall span the range of human achievement...
My list of [ten] inventions is subjective...and could have been different; but I did apply four criteria [that the author outlines] which I think restrict the choice [of inventions] considerably to a few seminal events in life's history...Beyond these...formal criteria, each invention had to catch my own imagination."
The above comes from the introduction of this extraordinarily interesting book by biochemist and author Nick Lane. He is a biochemist at University College, London, England.
This book is a treasure trove of past, recent, and new scientific knowledge. And the writing is superb. A book like this could have been dry and boring. But the writing is so good that this never occurs. For example, here is a writing sample from the chapter on sex:
"If sex is an occupational folly, an existential absurdity, then not having sex is even worse, for it leads in most cases to extinction, non-existential absurdity. And so there must be advantages to sex, advantages that overwhelm the foolhardiness of doing so. The advantages are surprisingly hard to gauge and made the evolution of sex the 'queen' of evolutionary problems through much of the twentieth century. It may be that, without sex, large complex forms of life are simply not possible at all: we would all disintegrate in a matter of generations, doomed to decay like the degenerate Y chromosome. Either way, sex makes the difference between a silent and introspective planet, full of dour self- replicating things...and the explosion of pleasure and glory all around us. A world without sex is a world without the songs of men and women or birds or frogs, without the flamboyant colours of flowers, without gladiatorial contests, poetry, love, or rapture. A world without much interest."
A criticism of this book that I have read is that certain inventions of evolution cannot be adequately explained and therefore should not have been included in this book. I disagree. Take the invention of consciousness for example. True we don't have all the answers. But what we do know makes for interesting reading. Thanks to Lane's writing, these chapters don't only make for interesting reading but stimulating reading as well.
Finally, this book could have benefited from a glossary. True, Lane defines terms in his narrative but I think a glossary would have made this book easier to read.
In conclusion, this book is essential reading for anyone who has wondered about our very existence or ever questioned the science underlying evolution!!
(first published 2009; introduction; 10 chapters; epilogue; main narrative 285 pages; notes; list of illustrations; acknowledgements; bibliography; index)
<<Stephen Pletko, London, Ontario, Canada>>
And modern it is! The references to the primary literature are almost all from this decade, including some of the most recent and striking findings that are as "hot off the press" as one ever finds in a general account. These references appear to be very well chosen, in itself, not an easy thing to do.
The heart of his approach to "popularizing" science can be seen by reading some of that primary literature, and then reading Lane's non-technical, but precise interpretation. He is a master at distilling detailed, complex and difficult chemical processes into prose that reveals their essence. Years ago, a natural products chemist pointed out to me the wealth of chemical compounds in a tea leaf (hundreds), the processes necessary to characterize them, and the complex comparisons his laboratory was then engaged in to determine why one tea tastes better than another. Reading Lane explain the same thing would likely be akin to drinking a steaming cup of the winning brew.
As a great biologist once said, nothing in biology makes any sense except in light of evolution. So, any book that discusses biology will almost out of necessity, discuss evolution. Mr. Lane's book really should have be titled, the "Ten of the Most Interesting Areas of Biology at the Beginning of the Millennium".
One of my biggest complaints about popular writing in the science is that authors treat readers as if they don't want to know about technical details and instead just want to know about a story. Well, not me. And Mr. Lane doesn't disappoint. He isn't afraid of discussing operons and codons, mitochondria, ATP and the Krebs cycle and potential and ion channels. Lots of really good 'sciency' stuff.
Mr. Lane's explanation are top notch. He covers enough detail so that technical people will feel hey have a grasp of the matter yet he doesn't go so far that the non-technical reader will get bogged down.
A solid five stars.