The Origins of Life: From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language / Edition 1

The Origins of Life: From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language / Edition 1

by John Maynard Smith, Eors Szathmary
     
 

ISBN-10: 019286209X

ISBN-13: 9780192862099

Pub. Date: 11/26/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

When John Maynard Smith and Eörs Szathmáry published The Major Transitions in Evolution, it was seen as a major work in biology. Nature hailed it as a book of "grand and daunting sweep...A splendid and rewarding tour de force." And New Scientist wrote that it captured "the essence of modern biology," calling it "an extremely

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When John Maynard Smith and Eörs Szathmáry published The Major Transitions in Evolution, it was seen as a major work in biology. Nature hailed it as a book of "grand and daunting sweep...A splendid and rewarding tour de force." And New Scientist wrote that it captured "the essence of modern biology," calling it "an extremely significant book which, as a bonus, is very readable." Now, in The Origins of Life, Maynard Smith and Szathmáry have completely rewritten Transitions to bring their ideas to a wider audience of general readers. Here is a brilliant, original picture of how life evolved on earth, focusing primarily on six major transitionsdramatic breakthroughs in the way that information was passed between generations. The authors offer illuminating explorations of the origin of life itself, the arrival of the first cells with nuclei, the first reproduction by sexual means, the appearance of multicellular plants and animals, the emergence of cooperative animal societies, and the birth of language.

The Origins of Life represents the thinking of two leading scientists on questions that engage us allhow life began and how it gradually evolved from tiny invisible cells into whales and trees and human beings.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192862099
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/26/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
510,678
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 4.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Life and Information
The major transitions
From chemistry to heredity
From the RNA world to the modern world
From heredity to simple cells
The origin of eukaryotic cells
The origin of sex
Genetic conflict
Living together
The evolution of many-celled organisms
Animal societies
From animal to human societies
The origin of language
Glossary
Notes
Further reading
Index

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