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Singularities: Landmarks on the Pathways of Life
Singularities: Landmarks on the Pathways of Life
by Christian de Duve
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 37.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Landmark text, 6 Jan 2008
Christian de Duve considers the likely progress of the evolution of metabolic life from simple chemicals to complex multi-cellular organisms. At the heart of the book is a consideration of the likelihood of convergent evolution. Following Gould , if the tape of life was replayed, would evolution proceed along the same lines or would chance events result in a very different outcome? De Duve looks at the critical stages -the how and why - and the mechanisms by virtue of which the outcome was supposedly determined.The analysis is crisp and concise. A serious piece of work with a forensic emphasis on the chemistry of life, and faith in the role of natural selection to continually favour the fittest option.
Anyone with an interest in evolutionary biology will be aware of de Duve and should buy this book.


Symbiotic Planet: A New Look at Evolution (Science Masters Series)
Symbiotic Planet: A New Look at Evolution (Science Masters Series)
by Lynn Margulis
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More please, 6 Jan 2008
Decent easy read. Introduction to the scientific ideas of Lynn Margulis. She pays due respect to the scientists who have helped either by anticipating or critically commenting upon her thesis of symbiosis .She explains how the idea of the symbiotic origin of the eukaryotic cell was formulated.She is honest about those aspects of her theory which remain controversial and have failed to receive widespread support. Worth reading as an introductory text. If only it was two or three times longer.


Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the meaning of life
Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the meaning of life
by Nick Lane
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best book of the year, 1 Jan 2008
Although I was initially put off by the gimmicky title this is a really good book and should suit those with an interest in cellular biology or evolution.
I feared that this would be one of those pop-science books full of sloppy terminology and exclaimation marks.In the event this was a fascinating read about the evolution of the eukaryotic cell, and the role of mitochondria. Difficult to put down. Buy it.
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