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Best popular science book I've read so far...,
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This review is from: Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution (Paperback)
I rarely write book reviews, but enjoyed this so much that I feel compelled to share!
This is a thoroughly engaging and interesting book, with my favourite chapter being on The Origin of Life, no, Hot Blood, no, Photosynthesis, no.... to be honest I can't pick! However, for someone wanting an up to date and comprehensive view on the possible origins of life on Earth chapters 1 and 2 are a must read.
True, it is not an 'easy read' - the writing is small and you might have to take it slow and read a bit at a time or pause to cogitate and comprehend - but I think that Lane really has the knack of explaining complex science in a way that is accessible to the non-specialist.
That being said, I am a Biology teacher so may have an advantage of understanding it here and there. I have recommended it to all my A Level students (and many colleagues), and it fits particularly well with the A2 course.
I have now started reading Lane's "Power, Sex and Suicide" which is also good, but I am finding it a little more difficult to get through.