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It would be helpful to have a degree in microbiology or at least in biology or chemistry to meaningfully read and understand this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Walter
a little bit plodding, but will reward the reader with many great tidbits and quotes.Published 16 months ago by Malcoln_Rodgers
Christian René, viscount de Duve (1917 -2013) was a Nobel Prize-winning Belgian cytologist and biochemist, who received the Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine in 1974; he... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Steven H Propp
One of the top five books on the subject. De Duve's presentation is clear and easy to follow. He covers many steps not addressed by other authors. Read morePublished on February 13, 2012 by Carlos RedMeat
Contemplating the past, analyzing the present, and predicting the future. These are the things that are done in Nobel Laureate Christian de Duve's book, Vital Dust: The Origin and... Read morePublished on May 3, 2010 by Courtney J. McCormick
Excellent writer. Describes technical subjects very well to the layman. I just felt as though the leaps and bounds made to get from a world of primal soups containing only... Read morePublished on October 19, 2007 by J. Pratt
A brilliant compilation.
My personal tendency is to consider the systems of creation in the light and abyss of concepts which cannot ever be fully explained by creatures such... Read more
I found this book to be quite informative and well written. The one small complaint I have about "Vital Dust" is its sparse use of diagrams and illustrations, hence the 4... Read morePublished on January 2, 2001
Easy to read overview of the evolution of life on Earth over the past four billion years. Emphasis on the importance of the cell in evolution.Published on November 26, 2000 by Howard Schneider