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The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution

Nick Lane (Author)


“Original and awe-inspiring . . . an exhilarating tour of some of the most profound and important ideas in biology.”—New Scientist

Where does DNA come from? What is consciousness? How did the eye evolve? Drawing on a treasure trove of new scientific knowledge, Nick Lane expertly reconstructs evolution’s history by describing its ten greatest inventions—from sex and warmth to death—resulting in a stunning account of nature’s ingenuity.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • June 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33866-9
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 352 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“The emergence of life itself remains obscure. But as Lane shows with clarity and vigor, fascinating studies on the subject abound.” — The New York Times

“Excellent and imaginative and, similar to life itself, the book is full of surprises.” — Nature

“Lane lays out processes of dizzying complexity in smooth, nimble prose.” — Kirkus Reviews

“If Charles Darwin sprang from his grave, I would give him this fine book to bring him up to speed.” — Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen

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