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Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life's Origin
Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life's Origin
by Robert M. Hazen
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Life on Earth arose nearly 4 billion years ago, bursting forth from air, water, and rock. Though the process obeyed all the rules of chemistry and physics, the details of that original event pose as deep a mystery as any facing science. How did non... (read more)

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Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe
Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe
by Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee
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What determines whether complex life will arise on a planet? How frequent is life in the Universe? In this exciting new book, distinguished paleontologist Peter D. Ward and noted astronomer Donald Brownlee team up to give us a fascinating synthesis... (read more)

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The Spark of Life: Darwin and the Primeval Soup
The Spark of Life: Darwin and the Primeval Soup
by Christopher Wills
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"A highly readable survey of the historical prelude to the study of the origins of life, as well as selected areas of current research, including the search for extraterrestrial life."-NatureWhere did we come from? Did life arise on earth or on some... (read more)

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Aquagenesis: The Origin and Evolution of Life in the Sea
Aquagenesis: The Origin and Evolution of Life in the Sea
by Richard Ellis
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Life on earth began in the sea, and Richard Ellis traces it from the first microbes and fish to jawless, finless creatures that evolved into the 26,000 species alive today including sharks, whales, penguins, dolphins?and humans. Along the way he raises... (read more)

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Seven Clues to the Origin of Life: A Scientific Detective Story
Seven Clues to the Origin of Life: A Scientific Detective Story
by Alexan Cairns Smith
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'This amusing, lively book explains in language comprehensible to the layman, the author\'s somewhat controversial views about the possible origin of life.'... (read more)

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Life Explained
Life Explained
by Michel Morange
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Fifty years ago Francis Crick and James D. Watson proposed the double helix model for the DNA molecule. They believed they had, as Crick put it, discovered the “secret of life,” and many agreed. But in the intervening years, science has... (read more)

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The Origin of Life
The Origin of Life
by Paul Davies
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Here, Paul Davies presents evidence that life began billions of years ago kilometres underground, arguing that it may well have started on Mars and spread to Earth in rocks blasted off the Red Planet by asteroid impacts.... (read more)

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The Feathered Onion: Creation of Life in the Universe
The Feathered Onion: Creation of Life in the Universe
by Clive Trotman
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If the current timeframes for the formation of the Earth and the time life on Earth began are accurate, what they reveal is altogether startling: the latest timeframes suggest both occurred almost simultaneously. The Feathered Onion examines the... (read more)

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Aquagenesis: The Origin and Evolution of Life in the Sea
Aquagenesis: The Origin and Evolution of Life in the Sea
by Richard Ellis
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [269]-292) and index.... (read more)

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Life in the Universe: Scientific American, a Special Issue
Life in the Universe: Scientific American, a Special Issue
by Scientific American
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Provides an account of the work of some 35 American female playwrights in roughly chronological order. In each case, the historical and social background of the period is discussed as well as the popular and critical value of each author's plays... (read more)

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The Molecular Origins of Life: Assembling Pieces of the Puzzle
The Molecular Origins of Life: Assembling Pieces of the Puzzle
by Andre Brack
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Twenty-three top experts review recent discoveries in astronomy, paleontology, biology and chemistry, and use this knowledge to help us to understand the likely origin of life on Earth.... (read more)

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A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us: The Evolution of Life on Earth
A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us: The Evolution of Life on Earth
by Sidney Liebes
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Imagine a walk where every step forward transports you a few million years in time. Just such a mind-expanding premise inspired this landmark book, developed from the acclaimed "Walk Through Time" exhibit on tour around the world. Here, in one lavish... (read more)

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Rare Earth
Rare Earth
by Peter Douglas Ward
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Maybe we really are alone. "Likely to cause a revolution in thinking" (The New York Times), "a stellar example of clear writing" (American Scientist), and "a startling new hypothesis" (Library Journal) This book, revised and with a new preface, makes us... (read more)

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Vital dust :life as a cosmic imperative
Vital dust :life as a cosmic imperative
by Christian De Duve
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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... (read more)

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Seven clues to the origin of life :a scientific detective story
Seven clues to the origin of life :a scientific detective story
by A G Cairns Smith
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'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... (read more)

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Origins of Existence: How Life Emerged in the Universe
Origins of Existence: How Life Emerged in the Universe
by Fred Adams
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In Origins of Existence astrophysicist Fred Adams takes a radically different approach from the long tradition of biologists and spiritual leaders who have tried to explain how the universe supports the development of life. He argues that life followed... (read more)

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Evolution from Space: A Theory of Cosmic Creationism
Evolution from Space: A Theory of Cosmic Creationism
by Fred Hoyle
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The big splash :a scientific discovery that revolutionizes the way we view the origin of life, the water we drink, the death of the dinosaurs, the creation of the oceans, the nature of the cosmos, and
The big splash :a scientific discovery that revolutionizes the way we view the origin of life, the water we drink, the death of the dinosaurs, the creation of the oceans, the nature of the cosmos, and
by Louis A Frank
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-248) and index.... (read more)

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Life Explained (Odile Jacob Books)
Life Explained (Odile Jacob Books)
by Michel Morange
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Fifty years ago Francis Crick and James D. Watson proposed the double helix model for the DNA molecule. They believed they had, as Crick put it, discovered the “secret of life,” and many agreed. But in the intervening years, science has... (read more)

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The Search for Life's Origins: Progress and Future Directions in Planetary Biology and Chemical Evolution
The Search for Life's Origins: Progress and Future Directions in Planetary Biology and Chemical Evolution
by National Research Co
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The field of planetary biology and chemical evolution draws together experts in astronomy, paleobiology, biochemistry, and space science who work together to understand the evolution of living systems. This field has made exciting discoveries that shed... (read more)

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