The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book details important concepts around cell evolution addressing the most important question of all - how did complex life evolve? There are detailed discussions around why it is difficult, how it could have happened, what constraints had to be overcome and will life fare similarly in the rest of the universe. These are important questions and make for fascinating reading.
The material is obviously top-notch and also authoritative, and while it aims to be a book which everyone can read - it does not entirely achieve that goal - standing between being for serious scientists and the average reader. There are parts which are very detailed (almost as much as a biology textbook).
That said, it is an important book and provided me new insights about evolution in many areas. I had to read slowly and I reckon most average readers would need to do the same.
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