Synopses & Reviews
Offering daring new ideas about evolution, two highly respected biologists here tackle the central, unresolved question in the fieldand#151;how have living organisms on Earth developed with such astounding variety and complexity? Marc Kirschner and John Gerhart draw on cutting-edge biological and medical research to provide an original solution to this longstanding puzzle.
"In this terrific new book, molecular systems meet evolution. The result is a wealth of stimulating ideas set among clear explanations drawn from a revelatory decade in biology."and#151;Andrew H. Knoll, author of Life on a Young Planet
"Thought-provoking and lucidly written. . . . The Plausibility of Life will helpand#160;readers understand not just the plausibility of evolution, but its remarkable, inventive powers."and#160;and#151;Sean Carroll, author of Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo
and#147;Remarkably lucid and comprehensive, this new theoretical synthesis willand#160;. . .and#160;shift the grounds for debate in the controversy surrounding organic evolution.and#8221;and#151;Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
Marc W. Kirschner is professor and chair, Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School. John C. Gerhart is professor in the Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley.