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Life Evolving: Molecules, Mind, and Meaning

Life Evolving: Molecules, Mind, and Meaning

by Christian R. De Duve


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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?)

About the Author

Christian de Duve won the Nobel Prize in 1974 for his work on the organization of the cell. One of the best-known pioneers of cell biology, he is head of the Christian de Duve Institute of Cellular Pathology. He is the author of Vital Dust: Life as a Cosmic Imperative, Blueprint for a Cell: The Nature and Origins of Life, and A Guided Tour of the Living Cell. He shares his time between New York and Brussels.

Table of Contents

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

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Life Evolving: Molecules, Mind, and Meaning 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
fernig on LibraryThing 3 months ago
An extraordinarily well written account of the state of contemporary biology by a Nobel laureate (1974). De Duve gives a unified and coherent account of the biochemistry of life, genetics, evolution, mind and astrobiology. He believes that life and, possibly, intelligence, are natural consequences of the constitution of the universe. By his own estimation, there may be 10^17 foci of life in the universe (p 279). The book is also an Apologia. He quotes the famous saying by Laplace, when he was questioned by Napoleon on the role of God in the universe: ¿Your Majesty: I have no need for that hypothesis¿. However, having revealed his own lapse of faith, he does not adopt a hostile and truculent attitude towards religion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A remarkable volume, compelling, erudite, thoughtful and thought provoking. An elegantly written treatise on science, philosophy, and religion.