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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.
Topics include: - Aristotle and the Greek atomists' conceptions of the organism - Alexander Oparin and J.B.S. Haldane's 1920s breakthrough papers - Possible life on Mars? - The search for extraterrestrial intelligence - Recent discoveries of extrasolar planets --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
No scientific theory has yet to succeed in providing a fully convincing account of the emergence of life on Earth. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Abdulrahman Alhussain
Iris Fry provides an excellent summary of origin of life theories and research. In a somewhat journalistic style she briefly revisits the early "thought leaders" and proceeds to... Read morePublished on October 26, 2005 by Charles Roche