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Seven Clues to the Origin of Life: A Scientific Detective Story

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Publisher Comments:

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

Synopsis:

This work addresses the question of how life may have arisen on earth, in the spirit of an intriguing detective story.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

'This amusing, lively book explains in language comprehensible to the layman, the author\'s somewhat controversial views about the possible origin of life.'

Synopsis:

This concise readable book explains, in language understandable to a wide audience, the author's somewhat controversial views about the possible origin of life. His major statement on the subject, 'Genetic Takeover' (published by the Press in 1982) attracted much publicity and acclaim. With the upsurge of interest in evolution there has been considerable debate about primeval events and in this book the evidence is presented in an amusing and logical manner in the style of a detective story.

Table of Contents

Preface; Sources of quotations; 1. Inquest; 2. Messages, messages; 3. Build your own E. coli; 4. The inner machinery; 5. A garden path?; 6. Look more closely at the signposts; 7. A clue in a Chinese box; 8. Missing pieces; 9. The trouble with molecules; 10. Crystals; 11. The clay-making machine; 12. Gene-1; 13. Evolving by direct action; 14. Takeover; 15. Summing-up: the seven clues; Appendices; Glossary; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521398282
Author:
Cairns-Smith, A. G. Galexander
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Cairns-Smith, A. G.
Author:
Cairns-Smith, A. G. Galexander
Location:
Cambridge England ;
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Life
Subject:
Origin
Subject:
Life -- Origin.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Life--Origin Life--Origin
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Canto ed.
Edition Description:
Canto
Series:
Canto
Series Volume:
1000
Publication Date:
19901131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.53x5.53x.36 in. .42 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This work addresses the question of how life may have arisen on earth, in the spirit of an intriguing detective story.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 'This amusing, lively book explains in language comprehensible to the layman, the author\'s somewhat controversial views about the possible origin of life.'
"Synopsis" by , This concise readable book explains, in language understandable to a wide audience, the author's somewhat controversial views about the possible origin of life. His major statement on the subject, 'Genetic Takeover' (published by the Press in 1982) attracted much publicity and acclaim. With the upsurge of interest in evolution there has been considerable debate about primeval events and in this book the evidence is presented in an amusing and logical manner in the style of a detective story.
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