Origins of Life
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By (author) Freeman J. Dyson
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Origins of Life by Freeman J. Dyson
Book DescriptionHow 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 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 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521626682
(216mm x 138mm x 7mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Freeman J. Dyson
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Scientist as Rebel, Paperback (October 2008)
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Star Maker, Paperback (May 2004)
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Sun, the Genome and the Internet, Paperback (June 2001)» View all books by Freeman J. Dyson
Written with passionate conviction about the ethical uses of science, The Sun, The Genome, and The Internet is both a brilliant reinterpretation of the scientific process and a challenge to use new technologies to close, rather than widen, the agp between rich and poor.
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