In his treatise From Strange Simplicity to Complex Familiarity
, which he has worked on for 15 years, Nobelist Manfred Eigen aims to integrate current scientific knowledge from different fields to show that evolution is a physical process based on clear physical laws.  The book offers a joyful but not shallow route through the complications that arise on the way from elementary particle physics to complex forms of life. The author enriches the book with many personal stories, included just for fun. (Arne Traulsen, Science
About the Author
Manfred Eigen was born in Bochum, Germany in 1927, and began his rerearch career at Gottingen in 1945. In 1967 he won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for work on extremely fast chemical reactions. His work on chemistry, biochemistry and physics has been recognised throughout the world with honorary doctorates, prizes, and awards that include the Linus Pauling Medal (American Chemical Society, 1967), the Austrian Decoration for Arts and Sciences (1976), the Faraday Medal (Chemical Society, London, 1977), Max Planck Research Award (1994), the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Institute of Human Virology, Baltimore, USA (2005), and the Goethe Medal of the Goethe Society, Weimar (2007).