The vital question why is life the way it is review back to biological basics nick lanes masterful study of the fundamentals of life is both cutting edge and accessible adam rutherford. The vital question is a book by the english biochemist nick lane about the way the evolution and origin of life on earth was constrained by the provision of energy. But as the vital question makes clear in the first page we do not know why life is the way it is evolutionary biology is not predictable complex life evolved from bacteria over 4 billion years ago but we dont know if this was the first attempt at life or if previous efforts had failed. The vital question why is life the way it is nick lane no preview available 2016 about the author 2015 nick lane has published four critically acclaimed books translated into 20 languages most recently the vital question he was awarded the 2015 biochemical society award for his outstanding contribution to the molecular life sciences. In the vital question nick lane radically reframes evolutionary history putting forward a cogent solution to conundrums that have troubled scientists for decades the answer he argues lies in energy how all life on earth lives off a voltage with the strength of a bolt of lightning
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