- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Illustrated edition edition (June 1969)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198553420
- ISBN-13: 978-0198553427
- Package Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,021,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chemical Evolution: Molecular Evolution Towards the Origin of Living Systems on the Earth and Elsewhere Hardcover – June, 1969
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He states in the Preface to this 1969 book, "A realm of thought that had only recently been largely speculative, or philosophical, has now become one of scientific investigation and the chief occupation of a large number of experimental and observational scientists. The study of chemical evolution is based upon the assumption that life appeared on the surface of the earth as a result of the normal operation of the laws of physics and chemistry. This implies that there must have been a period of time in the earth's history that encompassed the transition between a non-living molecular population on its surface and a population of molecular aggregates that we would call living. The two approaches used in this book to try to determine the nature of that transition and interface are those of molecular paleontology--that is, to look backwards in the historical record--and the construction of hypothetical chemical systems that could give rise to living organisms."
Before his chapter on "Generation of Membrane Structures," he states, "we shall examine this, the most difficult process and perhaps the least founded on experiment. We shall determine how far we can get, which natural processes that have an experimental basis have occurred, or can occur, and what must be done in the way of model experiments and reconstitution experiments." (pg. 222)
He admits, "As long as we are limited to biology as it is on the earth, it is going to be very difficult for us to be sure that such a system occurred in the way described in this book. We shall have to find other places in the universe, preferably near by in our solar system, in which this process is going on and has not gone all the way, so that we can see it at some other stage of its development. This is one of the reasons why I, at least, am interested in the lunar and planetary exploration programme: I think that answers to this fundamental question may be provided by such exploration." (pg. 243)
In his final chapter, "The Search for Significance," he concludes on the note, "The slogan of yesterday, 'for God and Country,' is still the star of today, only the meanings of the words have changed: 'God' is the Universe and 'Country' is 'the Human Race.'" (He also includes a brief Appendix on "The Possibilities of Interstellar Communication.") (Pg. 259)