How We Live and Why We Die : The Secret Lives of Cells, Paperback Book

How We Live and Why We Die : The Secret Lives of Cells Paperback

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Cells are the basis of all life in the universe. Our bodies are made up of billions of them: an incredibly complex society that governs everything, from movement to memory and imagination. When we age, it is because our cells slow down; when we get ill, it is because our cells mutate or stop working.In How We Live and Why we Die, Wolpert provides a clear explanation of the science that underpins our lives. He explains how our bodies function and how we derived from a single cell - the embryo. He examines the science behind the topics that are much discussed but rarely understood - stem-cell research, cloning, DNA - and explains how all life evolved from just one cell. Lively and passionate, How We Live and Why we Die is an accessible guide to understanding the human body and, essentially, life itself.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Popular science
  • ISBN: 9780571239122

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This bloke doesn't mess around. Here he serves up a huge amount of information in a confined space and manages to make it feel like a walk in the park.I am studying a second year biology degree course and this book covers the same material that my textbooks take 600 plus pages to introduce and he does it in just over 200. Obviously you don't get all the fine detail but he certainly doesn't skimp too much.The subject matter should fascinate you because it is you. We are used to popular science tackling broad concepts like evolution or relativity. Sometimes we get a narrower theme such as stars or atoms. Wolpert must think that all these folks are just softies, he goes for a huge subject and covers practically all of it. Cell biology and the nature of life plus not a bad stab at the meaning of life (ok I'm reading between the lines a little there).Entertaining and enlightening, two of my favourite words. Go buy it.