- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone, Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (September 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671255630
- ISBN-13: 978-0671255633
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature 1st Edition
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Crick states that "life is probably a happy accident which, even in the extended laboratory of the planet's surface, is likely to have taken many millions of years to occur." (pg. 39) Then he admits, "Life, from this point of view, is an infinitely rare event, and yet we see it teeming all around us. How can such rare things be so common?" (pg. 53) He states, "An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going." (pg. 88)
But rather than a "miracle," Crick writes in the Preface, "In this book I explore a variant of panspermia which Leslie Orgel and I suggested a few years ago. To avoid damage, the microorganisms are supposed to have traveled in the head of an unmanned spaceship sent to earth by a higher civilization which had developed elsewhere some billions of years ago. This spaceship was unmanned so that its range would be as great as possible.Read more ›
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This book is extremely interesting. However, it is somewhat outdated.. The Big Bang Theory is one example. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Miguel Melgar
Is one of several Crick books directed at the confluence of science and non-science. I've noticed that many great scientists have tried to resolve certain issues but they are... Read morePublished 14 months ago by jw wright
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This book gave much insight into the person Francis Crick. He was intelligent and very interesting. He had many challenges in life and took the straight on with much success.Published on July 9, 2013 by clare magoon
No one will ever outdo Francis Crick. After determining the spiral architecture of DNA with Jim Watson, he continued working on the genetic code and the origin of life. Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by james luce
Life Itself its origin and nature is an excellent example of brilliant atheism-based thinking. Crick was a diehard, unrelenting atheist. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by G. Hitch