"It is predicted that completing [the] origin-of-life puzzle will be a major human endeavor in the next millennium. The Molecular Origins of Life provides a detailed look at many of the pieces scientists have started to assemble." Journal of the American Chemical Society
"Well edited...It is an entertaining volume yet contains excellent informative science." Choice
"A good reference book for those seeking down-to-earth up-to-date facts and theories... Cell
"A valuable tool for biologists, Earth scientists, astronomers, and chemists." Biosis
The origin of life was probably a unique occurrence, and reconstructing this event is like assembling a puzzle made up of many pieces. The aim of this book is to integrate discoveries in astronomy, planetology, paleontology, biology and chemistry, and use this knowledge to give us a better understanding of the likely origin of life on Earth. Eighteen top experts contribute chapters that discuss everything from the environment and atmosphere of the early Earth, through the appearance of organic molecules in the prebiotic environment, to primitive chemical systems capable of self-replication and evolution by mutation.