Landmarks on the Pathways of Life
By (author) Christian De Duve
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Singularities by Christian De Duve
Book DescriptionErwin Schrodinger's What is Life? published 60 years ago, influenced much of the development of molecular biology. In this new book Christian De Duve, Nobel Laureate and pioneer of modern cell biology, presents a contemporary response to this classic, providing a sophisticated consideration of the key steps or bottlenecks that constrain the origins and evolution of life. De Duve surveys the entire history of life, including insights into the conditions that may have led to its emergence. He uses as landmarks the many remarkable singularities along the way, such as the single ancestry of all living beings, the universal genetic code, and the monophyletic origin of eukaryotes. The book offers a brief guided tour of biochemistry and phylogeny, from the basic molecular building blocks to the origin of humans. Each successive singularity is introduced in a sequence paralleling the hypothetical development of features and conditions on the primitive earth, explaining how and why each transition to greater complexity occurred.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521841955
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christian De Duve
Genetics of Original Sin, Paperback (March 2012)
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Life Evolving, Hardback (October 2002)
A Nobel laureate discusses findings in biological science in the past half century and what they reveal about the nature of life, discussing the origins and workings of cells, the evolution of humans, consciousness, language, and emotions. (Science & Mathematics).
Our Cosmic Origins, Paperback (January 2001)
This 1998 book examines the remarkable story of the emergence of life and intelligence through the complex evolutionary history of the Universe.
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