Emergence of Life on Earth: A Historical and Scientific Overview / Edition 1

Emergence of Life on Earth: A Historical and Scientific Overview / Edition 1

by Iris Fry
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813527406

ISBN-13: 9780813527406

Pub. Date: 02/01/2000

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

How did life emerge on Earth? Is there life on other worlds? These questions, until recently confined to the pages of speculative essays and tabloid headlines, are now the subject of legitimate scientific research. This book presents a unique perspective—a combined historical, scientific, and philosophical anaylsis, which does justice to the complex nature of

Overview

How did life emerge on Earth? Is there life on other worlds? These questions, until recently confined to the pages of speculative essays and tabloid headlines, are now the subject of legitimate scientific research. This book presents a unique perspective—a combined historical, scientific, and philosophical anaylsis, which does justice to the complex nature of the subject. The book's first part offers an overview of the main ideas on the origin of life as they developed from antiquity until the twentieth century. The second, more detailed part of the book examines contemporary theories and major debates within the origin-of-life scientific community.
Topics include:

  • Aristotle and the Greek atomists' conceptions of the organism
  • Alexander Oparin and J.B.S. Haldane's 1920s breakthrough papers
  • Possible life on Mars?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813527406
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: the Origin of Life--A Subject with a Past and a Future1
1"From the Dust of the Ground"9
2Spontaneous Generation--Ups and Downs17
3The Revival of the Belief in Spontaneous Generation28
4Louis Pasteur--The Deathblow to Spontaneous Generation37
5Between Pasteur and Darwin--A Dead End54
6The Oparin-Haldane Hypothesis65
7An Era of Optimism79
8Evolution in a Test Tube89
9Manfred Eigen's Model100
10Crisis--Real or Fictitious?112
11The Rna World--A Case for Renewed Optimism?135
12And Yet, Metabolism150
13The Emergence of Life--Neither by Chance Nor by Design179
14"Life on Mars? So What?"217
Bibliography285
Index301

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