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The Emergence of Life on Earth: A Historical and Scientific Overviewby Iris Fry
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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.
Book News Annotation:
An instructor of history and philosophy of biology at Tel-aviv U. and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology takes a broad scientific look at the origins of Earth life with a view to possible life on Mars and beyond. Based partly on a similarly themed 1997 book in Hebrew.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This new series presents innovative titles pertaining to human origins, evolution, and behavior from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Subject areas include but are not limited to biological and physical anthropology, prehistoric archaeology, evolutionary psychology, behavioral ecology, and evolutionary biology. The series volumes will be of interest primarily to students and scholars in these fields.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-300) and index.
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