It's a short book; you can read it in two or three days at a very leisurely pace.
Although I'm not too enamoured by Cairns-Smith's idea that clays were the origin of life, this book does a good job explaining his point of view.
One of the great things about this book is that my students, even the first year students, can understand it.
Modern genetic components are too complex to have appeared by chance on the primordial Earth. DNA and RNA, and even their more elementary building blocks, require the assistance of... Read morePublished on March 31, 2011 by Brian Powell
I am impressed that this paperback is still commanding a price of $20 on Amazon. It just shows how remarkable this little book is. Read morePublished on March 7, 2009 by Bruce Oksol
First, I have to preface my review by saying that I haven't yet read other books about the origin of life, so I have nothing to compare this book to... Read morePublished on August 2, 2003 by world class wreckin cru
The author's specific view on the origin of life on Earth from clay minerals explained in a "see how smart I am" fashion. Read morePublished on July 13, 2003
This book is meticulously thought through and very persuasively argued. But it lacks the eloquent writing of E.O. Wilson, or Matt Ridley. Fortunately, it's short.Published on June 18, 2000 by Christopher M. Adams
Although I'm not too enamoured by Cairns-Smith's idea that clays were the origin of life, this book does a good job explaining his point of view. Read morePublished on January 4, 2000 by Michael G McGauley
Cairn-Smith's "7 Clues" consist of six clues and one broad speculation. But that hardly detracts from its value. (What's more, he may well be correct. Read morePublished on November 9, 1999
I reread this book every year, right before I present the origin of life in my historical geology classes. I spend an entire lecture on this book. Read morePublished on July 21, 1998 by Brenna Lorenz (firstname.lastname@example.org)