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Published: 01 July 2016

384 Pages | 13 black and white illustrations

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198784937

Bookseller Code (06)


The molecule that made the world

Nick Lane

Oxford Landmark Science

  • A panoramic view of life on Earth. drawing on geology, cosmology, chemistry, biology, and medicine
  • Shows how oxygen drove the evolution of sophisticated cells, multicellular organisms, large animals and plants, photosynthesis, predators, giant insects, two sexes, and ageing
  • Links the extremes of the living world, from bacterial tolerance of cosmic radiation, to the organization of our own bodies, to the extinction of the dinosaurs in a global firestorm
  • Offers fresh perspectives on our own lives and deaths, explaining why we age and what we can do about it
  • Part of the Oxford Landmark Science range: 'must-read' modern science and big ideas, which have shaped the way we think.