I’m not generally a fan of life science as a subject of study or as individual books for my library, but my reading group seems determined to get me educated and I’ve gotten used to the books. Actually, I’m really quite fond of several of my reads from the last few years l and this book, Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life has to go into that category.
Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life
By Nick Lane
2005 – 524 pages
Read by Nigel Patterson 15h 54m
Rating: 9: life science
(Both read and listened)
With this book I got more and more interested as I went along, and yup, I’m going to try to reread it. Nick Lane is an excellent writer of science books (not texts!)(not texts!), keeping the reader’s attention and the material simple without being simplistic. He’s got a great dry sense of humor and he’s done a very good job of organizing his material. This is the first book on mitochondria intended for the general public. Lane has written about many note-worthy science books for the general public. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Lane
The title is snappy anyway and the was short-listed for the 2006 Royal Society Book Award. cGenerally it’s “ a 2005 popular science book by Nick Lane of University College London, which argues that mitochondria are central to questions of the evolution of multicellularity, the evolution of sexual reproduction, and to the process of senescence.”
Rather than “source notes” Lane has a section called Further Reading which is organized so that each Part has its own section divided into topics.
Lastly, the narrator, Nigel Patterson, is simply wonderful. Sometimes with these narrators of science books I really get the feeling that it’s the author who is reading it.