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3.0 out of 5 stars Tough Going, 3 Aug 2006
This review is from: Oxygen: The molecule that made the world (Popular Science) (Paperback)
This book sets out the complex relationship between oxygen and life. In particular Lane discusses how organisms have adapted to using oxygen for respiration despite the inevitable production of damaging free radicals. These leads on to the role of anti-oxidants and ageing.

The concepts are introduced thick and fast. By the end you will be an expert on the differences between the Dispoable Soma and Antagonistic Pleitropy theories of ageing! However, the use of diagrams and illustrations is sparing and a general reader will find several chapters a struggle. Some sections read like a biochemistry text book and it is also unclear when he deviates from mainstream thinking into more controversial theories.

A readable account, but this belies the level of difficulty of some of the concepts and pushes it somewhat beyond the popular science genre.
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2009 16:39:33 GMT
I found the review very helpful. For an undergraduate who's looking to read books in the popular science genre, knowing that a book is going to be a little over my head is excellent to know before buying.

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I'd like to add that if you have a decent science background the book is not difficult. It is just a wonderfully intelligent synthesis of many different idreas and observations. I am in deepest awe of the author. A true masterpiece! Don't be afraid to take it on. It is worth it. You'll see how the evolution of life, geology, bichemistry and aging all makes sense.
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