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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; Main edition (7 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861978189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861978189
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a science book that doesn't cheat: the structure is logical, the writing is witty, and the hard questions are tackled head on (Tim Radford Guardian)

Original and awe-inspiring ... an exhilarating tour of some of the most profound and important ideas in biology (Michael Le Page New Scientist)

Excellent and imaginative and, similar to life itself, the book is full of surprises ... a fascinating book for anyone interested in life and evolution, and how these discoveries were made (Nature)

Life Ascending earns its place on the bookshelf of every biology teacher - and anyone else interested in how we all got here. (James Kingsland Guardian)

an absolute joy...Dr Nick Lane employs a clarity of thought and an adroitness of expression that allows the reader to easily navigate his enviable breadth of knowledge. A breadth of knowledge that never scrimps on detail whilst delivering logic and inspiration in equal measure. The very definition of a 'must read' for anyone that has ever marvelled at the complexity of life (Laboratory News)

If Charles Darwin sprang from his grave, I would give him this fine book to bring him up to speed. (Matt Ridley)

Lane brings science alive with the kind of beautiful prose that turns a book full of interesting information into a book you simply cannot put down. (Amanda Gefter New Scientist)

Nick Lane is one of the most exciting science writers of our time. His book...reads like a smooth chronicle, has great subject matter and is well argued. (Steve Connor Independent)

With its vast scope, page-turning revelations and elegant prose, Nick Lane's Life Ascending is everything one could hope for in a science book (Robert Matthews Daily Telegraph)

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WINNER OF THE 2010 ROYAL SOCIETY PRIZE FOR SCIENCE BOOKS

'If Charles Darwin sprang from his grave, I would give him this fine book to bring him up to speed. It's a breathless bulletin from the accelerating rush of news about the secrets of life on planet earth.', Matt Ridley

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