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Singularities
By Christian De Duve

Singularities

Landmarks on the Pathways of Life

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Singularities by Christian De Duve

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Erwin 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521841955
ISBN-10: 052184195X
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Pages: 274
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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