Seven Clues to the Origin of Life

Seven Clues to the Origin of Life

A Scientific Detective Story

eBook - 1990
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This book addresses the question of how life may have arisen on earth, in the spirit of an intriguing detective story. It relies on the methods of Sherlock Holmes, in particular his principle that one should use the most paradoxical features of a case to crack it. This approach to the essential biological problems is not merely light-hearted, but a fascinating scrutiny of some very fundamental questions. 'I know of no other book that succeeds as well as this one in maintaining the central question in focus throughout. It is a summary of the best evolutionary thinking as applied to the origins of life in which the important issues are addressed pertinently, economically and with a happy recourse to creative analogies.' Nature '... a splendid story - and a much more convincing one than the molecular biologists can offer as an alternative. Cairns-Smith has argued his case before in the technical scientific literature, here he sets it out in a way from which anyone - even those whose chemistry and biology stopped at sixteen - can learn.' New Statesman
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Edition: Canto ed.
ISBN: 9780511001161
0511001169
0521398282
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 131 pages) : illustrations

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