Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution. Nick Lane

Life Ascending The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution Nick Lane How did life invent itself Where does DNA come from Why do we die Over the last decades groundbreaking new research has provided vivid insights into the makeup of life Drawing on this wealth of new s

  • Title: Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution. Nick Lane
  • Author: Nick Lane
  • ISBN: 9781861978189
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Paperback
  • How did life invent itself Where does DNA come from Why do we die Over the last decades, groundbreaking new research has provided vivid insights into the makeup of life.Drawing on this wealth of new scientific knowledge, biochemist Nick Lane reconstructs the history of life by describing the ten greatest inventions of evolution, considering how each from DNA to sex, fHow did life invent itself Where does DNA come from Why do we die Over the last decades, groundbreaking new research has provided vivid insights into the makeup of life.Drawing on this wealth of new scientific knowledge, biochemist Nick Lane reconstructs the history of life by describing the ten greatest inventions of evolution, considering how each from DNA to sex, from hot blood to consciousness and finally death transformed life and often the planet itself.

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    1. فى البدء كانت كلمة الرب الإلهخلقت حياهالخلق منها اتعلموافاتكلموااتكلمواصمت بطعم الجهلو كلام يحمل كل معانى الإستخفافأترضى أن يكون أبيك قردا أو ضفدعهل رأيت يوما جرذا يتحول إلى أرنبلا يا مولانا إنت عندك حق و كل العلماء الأجانب بيهروا فى المفيشفي خطاب أمام الأكاديمية البابوي [...]

    2. Excellent pop science writing, as absorbing as a novel (I read it in two days). The author has a knack for compelling narrative flow that seems both natural, and accumulating to some sense of Getting Somewhere by the end, always very satisfying.Lots of new things from recent (and less recent) research that I hadn't yet heard about, which was much of what I was hoping for from this book. It also gives, in passing along the way, a good sense of how science itself evolves. Wow has biology ever adva [...]

    3. Göz nasıl ortaya çıktı?Cinsiyetler nasıl ve neden var?Bazı canlılar neden sıcak, bazıları soğuk kanlı?Neden cinsel ilişki var?Kaslar nasıl çalışır?DNA nasıl oluştu?Gibi sıklıkla dile getirilen, bilimin açıklayamadığı düşünülen pek çok konu üzerine güncel tartışmalar hakkında muazzam bilgiler içeren bir kitap.Bu kitapta benim de kafamda bugüne kadar soru işareti olan pek çok konunun cevaplarını buldum.

    4. I had a lot of fun reading this book up until the end, when I started to worry about the author's propensity towards exaggeration and speculation.For anyone who wants to learn about cutting edge speculation on the origin of life, Eukaryotas, and sex, it's definitely worth a read!Anyone allergic to new-age nonsense sociology, just skip the last 9th chapter.Everyone should take the last chapter with a very large grain of salt, because it's full of speculation, overblown claims, and other lies.1. T [...]

    5. A well written description of the (in the authors opinion) ten greatest "inventions" of evolutionThese includethe origin of life itself, DNA, photosynthesis, the eukaryotes, sex, movement, sight, warm bloodedness (homeothermy), consciousness, and death.The author is a biochemist and his analysis is very chemical oriented , but still very readable for a layperson. He explains various techniques for discovering the information in a way I could understand.I admit that in some places I lost him but [...]

    6. I found this to be a mixed bag. I found some chapters such as Complex Cells and Hot Blood fascinating and others such as Movement and Consciousness quite tedious. The author does a good job of reducing complex biological processes into simpler terms but I felt he used weird analogies far too often to illustrate his point. When he started comparing muscle proteins into classical music I had to roll my eyes. In addition, a few more illustrations would be useful to show some concepts.It was nice to [...]

    7. Na základe genetického rozboru dochovanej kosti sa zistilo, že tím nejbližším žijícím příbuzným T. rexe je obyčejné kuře, těsně následované pštrosem . Keďže som v detstve bola prenasledovaná nejedným kikiríkajúcim diablom, prikláňam sa k tejto teórii. Vidíme asi 80x lépe něž většina hmyzu, jehož vidění je tak rozostřené, že by se dnes snad už dalo prohlásit i za umění. Made my day, ale veľmi tomu neverím, pretože tie sprosté komáre vždy veľmi [...]

    8. ارتقاء الحياة (الاختراعات العشرة العظيمة للتطور)نيك لين.يعتبر هذا الكتاب من الكتب المميزة جدا في التعرف علي عملية التطور وكيف بدأت الحياة علي الأرض، وكيف تطورت. ورغم أن الكتاب صعب إلا أن الفائدة في مطالعته أو مطالعة بعض فصوله، تعتبر فائدة مضمونة.في الفصل الأول (أصل الحياة) بد [...]

    9. Before reading Nick Lane I have never had interest in Biology. I didn't even watch Animal Planet. And for a month now I can't stop talking about mitochondria, DNA, evolution, etc.His books are fascinating. I like the way he structures his statements, his sense of humor, the analogies he makes, the notions that start floating in your head. I like that he obviously likes The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy :)Somebody here has said that he is speculating too much with unproved theories. May be bec [...]

    10. How do I love this book? Let me count the ways I love Nick Lane's tone, which manages to balance wit and clarity without overusing the analogy button:Thermodynamics is one of those words best avoided in a book with any pretence to be popular, but it's more engaging if it's seen for what it is: the science of 'desire'. The existence of atoms and molecules is dominated by 'attractions', 'repulsions', 'wants' and 'discharges', to the point that it becomes virtually impossible to write about chemist [...]

    11. Nick Lane is a self-described evolutionary biochemist and presently Senior Lecturer in the Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. His Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution was awarded the 2010 Royal Society Prize for Science Books. He has previously published Oxygen: The Molecule that Made the World and Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life. His What is Living? Why Energy Drives the Origin and Evolution of Life [...]

    12. One can study the biochemistry of photosynthesis in some detail and be unaware of the different pathways that exist and existed in different organisms, of its effect on the color of the sky, of its effect on the structural components of large plants and animals, and of the peculiarities of its evolutionary origin. Nick Lane gives a brilliant overview of the nature, significance and origin of the 10 greatest inventions of evolution including, the origin of life itself, DNA, photosynthesis, the eu [...]

    13. This was one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure to read. If you like a book that delves deep into every tiny detail, this is the book for you. If things like ATP, leaky mitochondria, bacteria that can live in strange conditions, how DNA was discovered (and how Crick thought aliens put it on Earth), you will enjoy Lane's wonderful adventure of how life came to be. The science in this book was outstanding.

    14. This book has much more content than the title would suggest. The ten inventions are examined in detail from an evolutionary perspective, providing the latest knowledge and current theories as to how and when each evolved. Super engaging.Chapter 1 - The Origin of LifeIt appears that life started in the alkaline sea floor vents where seawater reacts with newly exposed rocks, creating the mineral serpentine. A steady supply of hydrogen reacts with carbon dioxide to form organic molecules (reverse [...]

    15. "I think that the picture painted in this book is true. Life most surely evolved, along the lines described here. That is not dogma, but evidence tested in reality and corrected accordingly. Whether this grand picture is compatible with faith in God, I do not know. For some people, intimately acquainted with evolution, it is; for others, it is not. But whatever our beliefs, this richness of understanding should be a cause for marvel and celebration. It is a most wonderful thing to share so much [...]

    16. "Life Ascending" by Dr. Nick Lane is a fascinating adventure. I would not recommend it to you as your first book on evolution and probably not as your second or third. However, if you have read enough to somewhat appreciate the role of DNA and genes in evolutionary science, then you will find this book very worth reading. The author is a biochemist and he looks at evolution through a biochemist's eyes. He stops short of introducing structural formulas of organic compounds and focuses more on des [...]

    17. And how did consiousness rise from lifeless matter? His chapter about consciousness has some interesting things to say about that. With that I mean that is has become possible to observe the brain working, seeing specialised regions at work in the brain.They see how the brain - while the person looks at an object- has 30 to 60 regions of specialised neurons firing. They only fire when their litle aspect is recognised.E.g. we have neurons specialised in firing only when an object moves from left [...]

    18. Life Ascending, winner of the 2010 Royal Society prize for popular science books, is one of the greatest of all time. The OEDB list of greatest popular science books is out of date. This is science on the cutting edge, championing theories that have been gaining attention slowly in recent years, among those interested in biology but not in the mass media. Techniques, equipment and insights started with the Human Genome Project, plus the ability to see and model ever tinier structures, have led t [...]

    19. This is the first book I've read by Nick Lane and I already know I'm going to read more. Lane approaches scientific controversy with a light hand, but he talks about the real issues and the real science going on. Lane is a practicing biochemist who writes popular science, and it shows. This book is framed around 10 "innovations" evolved by life: all the way from the origin of life to mitochondria to consciousness and death. A lot of the general issues I've become familiar with from the scientifi [...]

    20. Ο Nick Lane είναι βιοχημικός και το βιβλίο του Life Ascending κέρδισε το Royal Society Prize for Science Books για το 2010. Διαβάζοντας πρόσφατα ένα φρικτό βιβλίο εκλαϊκευμένης επιστήμης, η σύγκριση είναι αναπόφευκτη. Ο Nick Lane συνθέτει μια συμφωνία επιστημονικών δεδομένων για να παρουσιάσει ένα καταπλη [...]

    21. In “Life Ascending” Nick Lane discusses in what his opinion are the ten most important developments in evolutionary history. They are: 1. The origin of life.2. DNA3. Photosynthesis4. The complex cell5. Sex6. Movement7. Sight8. Hot blood9. Consciousness10. DeathIn each section Lane discusses what we know about the topic, then moves into more speculative and cutting edge research. He does a good job explaining the basics, but does not provide enough information to carry the reader through the [...]

    22. The early parts of the book are fairly good, the chapters dealing with the origin of life, DNA, photosynthesis, sight, and the cell. Most of the middle parts are weaker, those treating sex, movement, and hot blood.The final two chapters, on consciousness and death, are hardly worth reading. They veer off into thinly supported territory and speculation, and should be buried under a pound of salt. For instance, near the close of the chapter on death he says:Let me put that more strongly. Evolution [...]

    23. The details in this book are fascinating! Lots of fun speculation interwoven with intricate descriptions of various facets of living organisms on an almost chemical/cellular level. This makes it very distinct from other books on evolution as the author literally picks his random top favorite topics and just starts discussing. I listed to this on auido and it kind of felt like a podcast in the manner it was presented. It was really fun and I liked the reader a lot. This is a great one to throw on [...]

    24. I saw so many positive reviews for this I thought I'd write something quick and offensive.If you "love science", by which you mean you're subscribed to MinutePhysics and DNews on YouTube, seen some TV documentaries and "love Sheldon" from The Big Bang Theory, then you'll love this book.On the other hand, if you were educated in biology beyond the age of six, have an IQ above 7 and prefer accuracy over 'colourful' (euphemism for inaccurate) descriptions, then this isn't for you.I can't be bothere [...]

    25. For all the topics that are covered in his magnum opus Power Sex Suicide, the author is eloquent as usual. But on other matters on which he is obviously not a true expert, the writing is no different than random musings from a layman. The chapter on Consciousness is so bad that it is verging on philosophical contemplations with the signature incomprehensibleness of writings from that field, and reminds one of hot air from the typical TV talk head babbling on a random subject. To have written thi [...]

    26. اظن ان أجمل ما يمكن ان اكتبه عن الكتاب هو ما كتبه الكاتب نيك لين في الخاتمة ."التشكيك في تطور الحياة — حتى لو تبين خطأ بعض التفاصيل التي ذُِكَر ْت في هذاَالكتاب — إنما يعني التشكيك فيما أجمع ْت عليه الأدلة، من الجزيئات إلى البشر، ومنِالبكتيريا إلى النظم الكوكبية. إنه يعني الت [...]

    27. I had high hopes for this book, because I thought it had an interesting, well thought-out structure and because of its high rating on . My main problem with the book was the author's writing style, which came across as arrogant and overly digressive. Unfortunately, this became such a problem for me that I didn't get past the first two chapters.Maybe I will give this book another go in the future; some of the reviews have given me renewed hope that it gets better!

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