Popular science writing has developed enormously over the past decade, such that the genre has become mainstream and financially significant for the book trade. The 2010 Winner of the Royal Society Prize for Science Books was Life Ascending by the biochemist Nick Page. The eulogies are copious: awe-inspiring, exhilarating, vivid and revealing insights, elegant, fascinating, beautifully written, utterly gripping, etc.
LIFE ASCENDING The ten great inventions of evolution By Nick Lane. Profile Books. 344 pages. £9.99 ISBN 978-1-86197818-9
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