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Molecular Evolution and the Origin of Life Hardcover – December 28, 1972

ISBN-13: 978-0716701637 ISBN-10: 0716701634 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 359 pages
  • Publisher: W.H.Freeman & Co Ltd; First Edition edition (December 28, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716701634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716701637
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,725,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph B. Ennis on January 13, 2014
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I was hoping for more, I wanted more of a technical Report of what Sidney did, how he did it and what was the results. This book is more philosophy and opinion.

It has been known at least ever since Dalton that some chemicals will seek each other out and combine to larger and more complex molecules. These elements are mostly Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen and if there is some Hydrogen and Phosphorous present they will join in. First Moore and then Fox conducted an experiment where raw elements combined to make amino acids.

My interest is: if the process is allowed to continue WILL the molecules keep growing in complexity? Will the amino acids keep linking together and grow to the complexity of a virus. Tens of thousands (maybe millions) of successive low probability occurrences, but if given enough time ... oh well. Hard experiment, where would one ever get funding? Maybe look into a way to keep virus from reproducing? That idea should be saleable..

Anyway, this book is not all that interesting. Maybe Sidney Fox's other book will be better.
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