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The Fifth Miracle provides convincing arguments that life flourishes, and may indeed have begun, deep within the earth's crust, and not in Darwin's "warm little pond." And if in our planet's crust, why not in others'? Indeed, he shows that it is not just possible but likely that living organisms have passed between Earth and Mars embedded within meteorites. Davies's command of the data and his facility with explaining it to nonprofessionals give the lie to his self-description as "a simple-minded physicist" intruding in another's domain. The best scientists hate to see questions finally answered and love to see new ones raised; by that standard (and by any other), The Fifth Miracle is a first-rate book of scientific speculation. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A good book re: The Origin of Life but beware, as one reviewer noted the Davies was "the recipient of the 1995 Templeton Prize for his work on the philosophical meaning of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by bowonwing
of all the books on the origin of the universe and life, this one is great. this author has turned answering these questions into a cottage industry. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Malcoln_Rodgers
Paul Charles William Davies (born 1946) is an English physicist, writer and broadcaster, who is currently a professor at Arizona State University as well as the Director of BEYOND:... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Steven H Propp
Great book! I had heard much more about this book from someone talking about our place in the universe, so I was prepared for a great read.Published 14 months ago by Corine Ann Barnes
A good, engrossing read. A thorough examination of the the alternative ideas & their histories explaining the origin of life prevalant at the date of the book's publication. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Barry Collier
After reading several books about astrobiology finally I started to read 'The 5th Miracle' from Paul Davies. In the past the words 'The 5. Read more
The Fifth Miracle: The search for the origin of life, by Paul Davies, Penguin, 1998, 304 ff.
No, this is not a theology book, though it does take its title from the... Read more
Davies, in THE FIFTH MIRACLE, intelligently criticizes the material-reductionist model of the origin of life. Read morePublished on May 20, 2011 by Peter Payne
By Albert C. Bender, Author of "You are forever in time"..."The fifth Miracle" clearly ampliefied for me, this authors knowledge and intellect on the subject he has written about. Read morePublished on February 4, 2010 by albert c. bender