Vital Dust: The Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth

Vital Dust: The Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth

by Christian De Duve, Christian De Duve
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Vital Dust: The Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth by Christian De Duve, Christian De Duve


Is the emergence of life on Earth the result of a single chance event or combination of lucky accidents, or is it the outcome of biochemical forces woven into the fabric of the universe? And if inevitable, what are these forces, and how do they account not only for the origin of life but also for its evolution toward increasing complexity? Vital Dust is a groundbreaking history of life on Earth, a history that only someone of Chrisitian de Duve's stature and erudition could have written.

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ISBN-13: 9780465090457
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/28/1995
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.98(d)
Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)

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Christian De Duve shared the 1974 Nobel Prize for Biology or Medicine with Albert Claude and George Palade for their discoveries concerning the structural and functional organization of the cell. he is Professor Emeritus at the Medical Faculty of the University of Louvain, Belgium, and Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus at the Rockefeller University in New York. He is also the author of A Guided Tour of the Living Cell and Blueprint for a Cell.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Through a panoramic view of life, from its chemical beginnings to the nature of consciousness, Noble Laureate Christian de Duve explores the origin of life in his thrilling book "Vital Dust: The Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth." Proposing seven main "Ages" that define evolution, de Duve takes the reader on an in-depth journey through each successive phase, leaving little left to ponder. Throughout the book de Duve follows a strict mantra of providing solid evidence for each of his claims, urging the reader to take a leap of faith when current information is not enough proof. De Duve's extensive biochemistry background provides him the credentials to propose a solid pre-biotic chemical foundation that led to living cells as we know them today. Though he utilizes his vast knowledge and a deductive approach to convince the reader on his origin of life theories, the second half of the book-modern evolution-was disappointingly less original. Entirely thought provoking and enticing from start to finish, de Duve's book "Vital Dust," is an excellent read for those debating the existence and origin of life. Be warned though-some basic biochemistry background may be needed!