The vital question : why is life the way it is? / Nick Lane.
Год издания: 2016
Вид материала: Книга
Издательство: London : Profile Books,
ISBN: 9781781250372 (pbk.) :
Originally published: 2015.
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? 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.
360 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
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