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The Spark of Life By Christopher Wills

The Spark of Life by Christopher Wills

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The authors examine the enduring mysteries surrounding life's origin: did life arise on Earth or on some other planet? What did the earliest primitive organisms look like? They explore the research and then posit their own theory.

The Spark of Life Summary

The Spark of Life: Darwin and the Primeval Soup by Christopher Wills

Christopher Wills and Jeffrey Bada examine the enduring mysteries surrounding life's origin: did life arise on Earth or on some other planet? What did the earliest primitive organisms look like? Were they based on RNA, DNA, or on something we would hardly recognize today? The authors examine the latest research - in fields ranging from molecular biology to astronomy - on questions surrounding life's origins. They untangle a century of contentious debate and explore many theories, assessing the probability of everything from asteroids and Martian rocks to 'primordial soup' and volcanic vents. They then present their own elegant and compelling scenario: life arose not in the subterranean depths, as many believe, but on Earth's tumultuous surface, where a primitive form of natural selection spawned the first genetic material, perhaps in the form of a proto-virus. The book ends with a whirlwind tour of one of the most exciting scientific endeavours - the search for extra-terrestial life.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION; 1. The Rise and fall of Spontaneous Generation; 2. Primordial Soup; 3. The Earth's Apocalyptic Beginnings; 4. Prebiotic Soup; 5. Sorting out the Gemisch; 6. The First Protobionts; 7. From Top to Toe; 8. Journey to the Centre of the Earth; 9. Evolution by Committee; 10. Life Elsewhere; 11. Epilogue; NOTES & REFERENCES; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX

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GOR002672518
9780198662761
0198662769
The Spark of Life: Darwin and the Primeval Soup by Christopher Wills
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2001-03-15
312
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