Spark of Life: Darwin and the Primeval Soup

Spark of Life: Darwin and the Primeval Soup

by Christopher Wills, Jeffrey Bada
     
 

ISBN-10: 0738204935

ISBN-13: 9780738204932

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: Basic Books


"A highly readable survey of the historical prelude to the study of the origins of life, as well as selected areas of current research, including the search for extraterrestrial life."-NatureWhere did we come from? Did life arise on earth or on some other planet? What did the earliest primitive organisms look like? Untangling a century of contentious debate, the

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"A highly readable survey of the historical prelude to the study of the origins of life, as well as selected areas of current research, including the search for extraterrestrial life."-NatureWhere did we come from? Did life arise on earth or on some other planet? What did the earliest primitive organisms look like? Untangling a century of contentious debate, the authors explore current theories of the source of life-from Martian meteors to hydrothermal vents-and then present their own elegant scenario: Life arose not in the subterranean depths, as many believe, but on Earth's tumultuous surface, where a primitive form of natural selection spawned the first genetic material, perhaps in the form of a proto-virus. Knowing exactly how life began on Earth will not only teach us more about ourselves, it will bring us closer to finding life elsewhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738204932
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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