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Good, but keeps referring to other materials,
This review is from: Biogenesis: Theories of Life's Origin (Paperback)
The beginning of the book deals with the historical views on the origin of life (such as the views of Greek philosophers, the debate over spontaneous generation, etc.). This section is very good, but it is probably not what a person would buy the book for. Once he starts discussing current origin-of-life studies, much of the work consists of unsupported statements (the statements are not supported in the book itself, but by other works, which the author provides pointers to. The reader must buy or gain access to the other works in order to get the details). Also, the index is very poor - if you read the book and find something interesting, mark it then and there - don't rely on ever being able to find it again. Still, there is up-to-date information that is missing from many other books on the subject.
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Initial post: May 11, 2010, 8:47:05 AM PDT
Is there a map of the evolutionary path? I cannot find one.
Posted on Oct 21, 2012, 9:09:47 AM PDT
< (the statements are not supported in the book itself, but by other works, which the author provides pointers to. The reader must buy or gain access to the other works in order to get the details) >
Alas, that is the problem with the academic work above the level of textbook, especially when it tries to review a broad field. This does make it deucedly difficult for those of us without access to university or other deep libraries.
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