Life Evolving: Molecules, Mind, and Meaning

Life Evolving: Molecules, Mind, and Meaning

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by Christian R. De Duve
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195156056

ISBN-13: 9780195156058

Pub. Date: 10/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In just a half century, humanity has made an astounding leap in its understanding of life. Now, one of the giants of biological science, Christian de Duve, discusses what we've learned in this half century, ranging from the tiniest cells to the future of our species and of life itself.
With wide-ranging erudition, De Duve takes us on a dazzling tour of the

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In just a half century, humanity has made an astounding leap in its understanding of life. Now, one of the giants of biological science, Christian de Duve, discusses what we've learned in this half century, ranging from the tiniest cells to the future of our species and of life itself.
With wide-ranging erudition, De Duve takes us on a dazzling tour of the biological world, beginning with the invisible workings of the cell, the area in which he won his Nobel Prize. He describes how the first cells may have arisen and suggests that they may have been like the organisms that exist today near deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Contrary to many scientists, he argues that life was bound to arise and that it probably only took millennia—maybe tens of thousands of years—to move from rough building blocks to the first organisms possessing the basic properties of life. With equal authority, De Duve examines topics such as the evolution of humans, the origins of consciousness, the development of language, the birth of science, and the origin of emotion, morality, altruism, and love. He concludes with his conjectures on the future of humanity—for instance, we may evolve, perhaps via genetic engineering, into a new species—and he shares his personal thoughts about God and immortality.
In Life Evolving, one of our most eminent scientists sums up what he has learned about the nature of life and our place in the universe. An extraordinarily wise and humane volume, it will fascinate readers curious about the world around them and about the impact of science on philosophy and religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195156058
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.25(d)
Lexile:
1420L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Introduction3
1.What Is Life? Chemistry7
2.What Is Life? Information25
3.Where Does Life Come From?40
4.How Did Life Arise? The Way to RNA57
5.How Did Life Arise? From RNA to Protein-DNA68
6.How Did Life Arise? The Birth of Cells85
7.The History of Life98
8.The Invisible World of Bacteria111
9.The Mysterious Birth of Eukaryotes: The Problem119
10.The Mysterious Birth of Eukaryotes: A Possible Pathway134
11.The Visible Revolution152
12.The Arrow of Evolution171
13.Becoming Human189
14.The Riddle of the Brain208
15.Reshaping Life227
16.After Us, What?251
17.Are We Alone?270
18.How About God in All That?284
Envoy308
Notes309
Index333

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Life Evolving: Molecules, Mind, and Meaning 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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A remarkable volume, compelling, erudite, thoughtful and thought provoking. An elegantly written treatise on science, philosophy, and religion.