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Origins of Life Synopsis

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 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.

Origins of Life Press Reviews

'This is first class update of the first editon.' Peter Mata, Spaceflight ...he [Dyson] makes strong arguments with real substance, going beyond the level of most popular science writing. Most impressive of all, Dyson writes succinctly and lucidly, fitting an amazing amount into 90 pages without ever appearing forced or hurried. Anyone interested in abiogenesis will find Origins of Life well worth the read. Reports of the National Center for Science Education ...provocative, entertaining, and, above all, makes one think. Episodes In this new edition of a book first published in 1985, Dyson builds his argument with characteristic skill and clarity. Scientific American ...well-written, easily comprehensible monograph. Science Books & Films

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521626682
Publication date: 28th September 1999
Author: Freeman (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey) Dyson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 112 pages
Categories: Evolution, Cellular biology (cytology), Popular science,

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