The vital question? It is, “What does it mean to live, and how did we get here?” The mystery of why life is the way it is has drawn the interest of remarkable scholar and writer Nick Lane, a name familiar to science readers. In the book, Lane draws on his deep understanding to tackle the question and works hard to build his case with careful explanations, humor, and illustrations. In his book The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life, Lane comes very close to cracking the secret while at the same time expanding our understanding of bioscience.
“An amazing inquiry into the origins of life.” (Bill Gates)
“One of the deepest, most illuminating books about the history of life to have been published in recent years.” (The Economist)
“[Nick Lane] proves an able guide through treacherous scientific terrain. He writes in lucid, accessible prose, and while the science may get dense, the reader will be rewarded with a strikingly unconventional view of biology.” (Tim Requarth – The New York Times)