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Origins of Life

Origins of Life - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0511035593

Cover of Origins of Life 2ND 99 (ISBN 978-0511035593)
ISBN13: 978-0511035593
ISBN10: 0511035594
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 1999
International: No

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Origins of Life - 2ND 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0511035593

Freeman J. Dyson

ISBN13: 978-0511035593
ISBN10: 0511035594
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

How did life on earth originate? Did replication or metabolism come first in the history of life? In this book, Freeman Dyson examines these questions and discusses the two main theories that try to explain how naturally occurring chemicals could organize themselves into living creatures. The majority view is that life began with replicating molecules, the precursors of modern genes. The minority belief is that random populations of molecules evolved metabolic activities before exact replication existed.

Dyson analyzes both of these theories with reference to recent important discoveries by geologists and chemists. His main aim is to stimulate new experiments that could help to decide which theory is correct. This second edition covers the enormous advances that have been made in biology and geology in the past decade and the impact they have had on our ideas about how life began. It is a clearly-written, fascinating book that will appeal to anyone interested in the origins of life.

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