Hi, Aldona, I've just put down Life Ascending and have also read Nick's other books 'in the series'.
I did all languages for A levels but have a deep interest in evolution and philosophy.
I have found Nick's books to be a revelation of the most dramatic kind. Not only did his book Oxygen show a breathtakingly new and deeply resonating vista of how life on the planet evolved but it offered me a hint about how diabetes could be treated.
Power, Sex, Suicide - his book focussing on the part 'mightychondria' (groan) play in the body and ageing offered amazing insights, too.
Life Ascending is of much interest and I found in the beginning part of the chapter on Consciousness much to agree with and to ponder. Highly recommended.
As for how hard the books are to read I would say that if you have read The Selfish Gene you will manage Nick's books. Be prepared to meet a host of new ideas and if you take things slowly you will have your view of life enhanced. I rate this trio above Richard Dawkins' marvellous output in importance. While Dawkins' work treats the past Nick's are oriented towards the present and future.
Sadly, I didn't progressed a bit since I had asked this question and I'm completely ignorant on books like these. Could you point me out which entry to this subject you think to be the best? Also, I don't mind learning it hard way, taking study book and memorizing general things first before going to the juicy bits.
Hi, Aldona, I'm not altogether sure what your area of interest is but I think my favourite is Oxygen. In some ways it's the hardest to read as you are introduced to the fundamentals of biochemistry - not something I was taught at school!
However the view you get of life on Earth and of it's improbability makes it a most wonderful experience. Enjoy!