The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of complex life
By Nick Lane
Bacteria has slowly evolved into complex life in four billion years of life on earth.
All complex life on earth shows many strange properties, from reproduction to aging and death. If life evolved on other planets, would it be the same as our earth or completely different?
In “The Vital Question”, Nick Lane reframes evolutionary history.
This book puts forward a reasonable solution to dilemmas and questions that have troubled scientists for decades.
According to him, the answer lies in energy. The beauty of nature is how all life on Earth forms and grows.
In revealing the truth behind these scientific notions, Lane has dedicated a big chunk of life. Nick Lane’s explanation provides a solution to life’s vital questions. Questions such as why are we as we are, and how are we here?
New Scientist has rightly said, “This is a book of vast scope and ambition, brimming with bold and important ideas. The arguments are powerful and persuasive. If you’re interested in life, you should read this book
It does tell an incredible and epic story. ”
The book is about the theory of the origin of life, intimately linked with energy.
The prerequisites for reading the book are a basic understanding of cell biology with a bit of chemistry. The reader should be familiar with thermodynamics.
The book is full of chains of reasoning from first principles of thermodynamics.
Physics is rare in biology thus supported by numerous real-world examples and ingenious observations.
Nick Lane seems to be well aware of human failings and accepts that his theories and ideas may not be correct.
The book is adorned with testable predictions on the basis of the theories.
Like Lane says, beautiful theories are often killed by ugly facts. The facts care nothing for our desires.
By Lisa Urry and 2 more
Campbell biology leads students on the path to success in biology with the help of its clear and engaging narrative, superior skills instruction, and innovative use of art and photos. It is enhanced by fully integrated media resources for improved teaching and learning.
It is very well written and the concepts are easy to understand. The extra in-depth explanations and quizzes provided excellent reinforcement of the information being taught.
I highly recommend this textbook.
This book provides immense details on every biology topic one could think of. The illustrations in this book are incredible and the content is easily digestible.
To develop a deeper understanding of biology, the book challenges the learners to apply their knowledge and skills.
A variety of hands-on activities and exercises in the text reflect rapidly evolving research. The text is accompanied by learning tools that include Problem-Solving Exercises, Visualizing Figures, Visual Skills Questions, and more.
The Selfish Gene
By Richard Dawkins
The idea represented in the book was that our genes build us and maintain us in order to make more genes. The theories of evolution are reconsidered by scientists everywhere in different parts of the world.
Questions such as why are there miles of unused DNA within each of our bodies?
Why does a bee give up its own chance to reproduce but help raise her sisters and brothers?
Dawkins gave us answers from the perspective of molecules that are competing for limited space and resources.
Molecules want to produce more of their own kind. Extracting and presenting fascinating examples from every field of biology, Dawkins made way for a serious re-evaluation of evolution. He also introduced the concept of self-reproduction.
He said, ” If we are puppets, he says, at least we can try to understand our strings “.
“Dawkins’s prose is powerful and lucid. His argument is difficult to contend with.
The book has attained its own scientific and literary immortality.
As long as we study life, it will be read, ” commented Adam Rutherford.
The Selfish Gene is an immensely readable treatise on the gene-centered view of evolution. The books deal with the altruism of individuals besides the selfishness of genes. Dawkins also introduces the concept of a meme. A meme is a unit for human cultural evolution. The Selfish Gene is highly recommended.
Essential Cell Biology
By Bruce Alberts and 2 more
Essential Cell Biology provides a very interesting and valuable introduction to the fundamental concepts of cell biology. The lovely writing and exceptional illustrations make it the ideal textbook for cell and molecular biology. The text and figures are accurate, clear, and easy to follow. The figures are engaging for the introductory student.
Molecular detail is minimum in order to provide the reader with a cohesive and conceptual framework of basic science. The book profoundly explains the theories behind the cell biology, existence, and development.
The book is a wonderful resource for those going into a biological field and medical school of any sort. It gives you a great in-depth look at the complexity of the human cell. The descriptions by the authors are great.
Sometimes they are non-understandable by readers with no prior knowledge of elementary cell biology.
The pictures are wonderfully added. This is a great book for any college undergraduate or graduate level medical student.
This book gives clear and concise explanations for the most important topics in cell biology. It is definitely helpful for students.
This textbook is very user-friendly and loaded with diagrams that visually demonstrate the highlights of each chapter.
For an advanced level cell biology class, this book does not provide detailed information. It is simply an overview of cellular biology.
The language is clear and straightforward. The text is organized in a simple fashion, there are questions at the end of each chapter that inspires critical thinking about what was just read.
The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
Book by James Watson
Watson and Crick’s made a groundbreaking discovery of the structure of DNA.
By identifying the molecule of life, the structure of DNA, Francis Crick, and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize.
The book adds immensely to the earlier, stand-alone narrative. The photographs, and many more, are well integrated into the text. H
They greatly enrich the reading experience. The personal letters and hand-drawn figures, give you a vicarious thrill. Watson and Crick knew full well, what they were trying to do,
and what they do want to prove.
Although we all know how the structure of DNA worked out, the writing by James Watson is just simply perfect. I am not a master in biology and science, but this is so plainly and clearly written that I could easily understand the problems encountered, and the reasoning behind the solution.