This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Nick Lane, Professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry at University College London and bestselling author. After an inspiring story of Nick Lane’s career path, this wide-ranging conversation covers his bioenergetic view of early, evolutionary history, the origin of life and how all complex life is composed of a very particular cell type that we all share, and more.
This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Big Picture, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
I. A Long and Winding Road - Nick goes round the houses
II. Structuring Energy - Cells, membranes and a counterintuitive mechanism
III. Hydrothermal Vents - More than just chemistry
IV. Simulational Challenges - Making your own hydrothermal vent
V. Synoptic Justifications - Philosophers wanted
VI. Becoming Complex - From prokaryotes to eukaryotes
VII. Marvellous Mitochondria - Insights from a metabolic worldview
VIII. Open Questions - From the origin of life to consciousness
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