The Molecule that Made the World
Overview: Advancing revelatory new ideas, following chains of evidence, the book ranges through many disciplines, from environmental sciences to molecular medicine.
Book Description: Oxygen takes the reader on an enthralling journey, as gripping as a thriller, as it unravels the unexpected ways in which oxygen spurred the evolution of life and death. The book explains far more than the size of ancient insects: it shows how oxygen underpins the origin of biological complexity, the birth of photosynthesis, the sudden evolution of animals, the need for two sexes, the accelerated ageing of cloned animals like Dolly the sheep, and the surprisingly long lives of bats and birds. Drawing on this grand evolutionary canvas, Oxygen offers fresh perspectives on our own lives and deaths, explaining modern killer diseases, why we age, and what we can do about it.
- Title: Oxygen
- Subtitle: The Molecule that Made the World
- Authors: Nick Lane
- Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
- Published Date: 2002-12-31
- Category: Nature, Science
- Ratings Count: 3
- Average rating: 4