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Life Evolving: Molecules, Mind and Meaning

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In just a half century, humanity has made an astounding leap in its understanding of life. Now, one of the giants of biological science, Christian de Duve, discusses what we've learned in this half century, ranging from the tiniest cells to the future of our species and of life itself. With wide-ranging erudition, De Duve takes us on a dazzling tour of the biological world ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published October 17th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jeroen Moons
Absolutely fantastic book! Covers evolution from the first RNA molecules all the way 'up' to human beings with the major evolutionary waypoints (RNA -> DNA -> first cells -> prokaryotes -> eukaryotes -> first pluricellular organisms -> 'visible' life: plants, animals -> brains -> becoming human -> cultural evolution) covered in sufficient detail to really learn something without getting too technical for the lay reader. Written by Nobel laureate De Duve, a cell biologi ...more
Chandra Sekhar
one of the best books on evolution of life . by a nobel laureate. trying to reread it.
I am still reading this one.
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Christian de Duve (1917-2013) was a Belgian scientist and author. He discovered the cellular components called lysosomes and peroxisomes and researched insulin and glucagon. He was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1974 with Albert Claude and George E. Palade "for their discoveries concerning the structural and functional organization of the cell".

Born outside of Belgium, de Duve and
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