Book Title : Origins of Life

origins of life

Release Date : 2000-01-18
ISBN Code : 9780080497617
Book Author : Geoffrey Zubay
Book Publisher : Elsevier
Total Pages : 564

Book Summary :

Origins of Life on the Earth and in the Cosmos, Second Edition, suggests answers to the age-old questions of how life arose in the universe and how it might arise elsewhere. This thorough revision of a very successful text describes key events in the evolution of living systems, starting with the creation of an environment suitable for the origins of life. Whereas one may never be able to reconstruct the precise pathway that led to the origin of life on earth, one can certainly make some plausible reconstructions of it. Such discussions have greatly expanded our understanding of the principles of chemical evolution and how they compare and contrast with the principles of biological evolution. The text is strong on biochemistry and its recent applications to origins' research. Provides an excellent review of basic biochemistry an evolution Written in a clear, concise style for scientists, students, and readers interested in a scientific inquiry into the origins of life Written by an authority in the field, and brought fully up-to-date in light of new research Pulls together valuable information not found in a single source Organized and presented in a manner conductive for use in a college course Heavily illustrated to make difficult concepts concrete

Book Title : The Big Picture

the big picture

Release Date : 2016-05-10
ISBN Code : 9780698409767
Book Author : Sean Carroll
Book Publisher : Penguin
Total Pages : 480

Book Summary :

*INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* "Vivid . . . impressive. . . . Splendidly informative."—The New York Times "Suceeds spectacularly."—Science "A tour de force."—Salon Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on Higgs bosons and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions: Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void? Do human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview? In short chapters filled with intriguing historical anecdotes, personal asides, and rigorous exposition, readers learn the difference between how the world works at the quantum level, the cosmic level, and the human level—and then how each connects to the other. Carroll's presentation of the principles that have guided the scientific revolution from Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness, and the universe is dazzlingly unique. Carroll shows how an avalanche of discoveries in the past few hundred years has changed our world and what really matters to us. Our lives are dwarfed like never before by the immensity of space and time, but they are redeemed by our capacity to comprehend it and give it meaning. The Big Picture is an unprecedented scientific worldview, a tour de force that will sit on shelves alongside the works of Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, Daniel Dennett, and E. O. Wilson for years to come. From the Hardcover edition.

Book Title : Origins of Life

origins of life

Release Date : 1999-09-28
ISBN Code : 1139425765
Book Author : Freeman Dyson
Book Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Total Pages :

Book Summary :

How did life on earth originate? Did replication or metabolism come first in the history of life? In this book, Freeman Dyson examines these questions and discusses the two main theories that try to explain how naturally occurring chemicals could organize themselves into living creatures. The majority view is that life began with replicating molecules, the precursors of modern genes. The minority belief is that random populations of molecules evolved metabolic activities before exact replication existed. Dyson analyzes both of these theories with reference to recent important discoveries by geologists and chemists. His main aim is to stimulate experiments that could help to decide which theory is correct. This second edition covers the enormous advances that have been made in biology and geology in the past and the impact they have had on our ideas about how life began. It is a clearly-written, fascinating book that will appeal to anyone interested in the origins of life.

Book Title : The Origins of Life

the origins of life

Release Date : 2000-03-16
ISBN Code : 9780191647321
Book Author : John Maynard Smith
Book Publisher : OUP Oxford
Total Pages : 192

Book Summary :

In this fascinating book, John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary present an original picture of evolution. They propose that during evolution there have been a number of major transitions in the way in which information is passed between generations. These transitions include the appearance of the first replicating molecules, the emergence of co-operative animal societies, and the unique language ability of humans. Containing many new ideas, this book is contemporary biology on the grandest scale, from the birth of life to the origin of language.

Book Title : The Origin of Life

the origin of life

Release Date : 2003-02-20
ISBN Code : 0486495221
Book Author : Aleksandr Ivanovich Oparin
Book Publisher : Courier Corporation
Total Pages : 270

Book Summary :

This classic of biochemistry offered the first detailed exposition of the theory that living tissue was preceded upon Earth by a long and gradual evolution of nitrogen and carbon compounds. "Easily the most scholarly authority on the question...it will be a landmark for discussion for a long time to come." — New York Times.

Book Title : Cosmochemical Evolution and the Origins of Life

cosmochemical evolution and the origins of life

Release Date : 2012-12-06
ISBN Code : 9789401022828
Book Author : John Oró
Book Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages : 334

Book Summary :

Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the Origin of Life and the First Meeting of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL), Barcelona, June 25-28, 1973. Vol. II: Contributed Papers

Book Title : The Origins of Life

the origins of life

Release Date : 2013-03-09
ISBN Code : 9789401734158
Book Author : Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
Book Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages : 386

Book Summary :

Life appears ungraspable, yet its understanding lies at the heart of current preoccupations. In our attempt to understand life through its origins, the ambition of the present collection is to unravel the network of the origin of the various spheres of sense that carry it onwards. The primogenital matrix of generation (Tymieniecka), elaborated as the fulcrum of this collection, elucidates the main riddles of the scientific / philosophical controversies concerning the status of various spheres that seek to make sense of life.

Book Title : The Molecular Origins of Life

the molecular origins of life

Release Date : 1998-12-28
ISBN Code : 0521564751
Book Author : Andri Brack
Book Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Total Pages : 417

Book Summary :

This 199 book reviews discoveries in astronomy, paleontology, biology and chemistry to help us to understand the likely origin of life on Earth.

Book Title : Planetary and Interstellar Processes Relevant to the Origins of Life

planetary and interstellar processes relevant to the origins of life

Release Date : 1997-06-30
ISBN Code : 0792345975
Book Author : D.C.B. Whittet
Book Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages : 316

Book Summary :

These are exciting times for exobiology. The ubiquity of organic molecules in interstellar clouds, comets and asteroids strongly supports a cosmic perspective on the origin of life. Data from both ground-based telescopes and the recently launched Infrared Space Observatory are providing new insight into the complexity of carbon-based chemistry beyond the Earth. Meteorites give us solid evidence for extraterrestrial amino acids, and putative fossil evidence for life in a 3.6 billion-year-old Martian meteorite hints that life in our system might not be the sole prerogative of the Earth. Giant planets have now been discovered orbiting other stars, and although such planets seem unlikely to be habitable themselves, their existence strongly suggests what many astronomers have long believed - that planetary systems are commonplace. All these topics are reviewed in this volume by active researchers. The level is appropriate for graduate students in astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, and related disciplines. It will also provide a valuable source of reference for active researchers in these fields.

Book Title : The Origin of Life

the origin of life

Release Date : 2006-09-28
ISBN Code : 9780141941837
Book Author : Paul Davies
Book Publisher : Penguin UK
Total Pages : 320

Book Summary :

The origins of life remains one of the great unsolved mysteries of science. Growing evidence suggests that the first organisms lived deep underground, in environments previously thought to be uninhabitable, and that microbes carried inside rocks have travelled between Earth and Mars. But the question remains: how can life spring into being from non-living chemicals? THE FIFTH MIRACLE reveals the remarkable new theories and discoveries that seem set to transform our understanding of life's role in the unfolding drama of the cosmos.

Book Title : Origins

origins

Release Date : 2004-06-30
ISBN Code : 1402018134
Book Author : Joseph Seckbach
Book Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages : 707

Book Summary :

In this book forty eminent scientists examine the astrobiological origins of life and the emergence of biodiversity in extreme environments. The coverage includes extremophiles: microbes living in hostile conditions of high temperature, psychrophilic, UV radiation, and halophilic environments. Also discussed are the origin and history of Martian water, and the possible biogeochemistry inside Titan.

Book Title : Aristotle s Philosophy of Biology

aristotle s philosophy of biology

Release Date : 2001
ISBN Code : 0521659760
Book Author : James G. Lennox
Book Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Total Pages : 321

Book Summary :

In addition to being one of the world's most influential philosophers, Aristotle can also be credited with the creation of both the science of biology and the philosophy of biology. The papers collected in this volume, written by a pre-eminent figure in the field of Aristotle's philosophy and biology, examine Aristotle's approach to biological inquiry and explanation, his concepts of matter, form and kind, and his teleology. Gathering important essays written over a span of twenty years, this volume will be of special value to historians of science and philosophers of science.

Book Title : The Origins of Life

the origins of life

Release Date : 2000-09-01
ISBN Code : 0761411518
Book Author : Roy A. Gallant
Book Publisher : Benchmark Books
Total Pages : 80

Book Summary :

Explores the many different myths, theories, and experiments which explain the origin of life, including spontaneous generation, the development of planets, chemical evolution of matter, and the various places in the solar system where life exists or may exist.

Book Title : A New History of Life

a new history of life

Release Date : 2015-04-14
ISBN Code : 9781408842805
Book Author : Peter Ward
Book Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages : 400

Book Summary :

An estimated 4.6 billion years ago, the Earth and Moon were formed in a violent impact. On this, many agree, and even more that a long time after that, life began. However, few know that the first life on the Earth may not have emerged on this planet, but could, in fact, have begun on Mars, brought here by meteorites. In this revolutionary book, leading scientists Peter Ward and Joe Kirschvink rewrite the principal account of the history of life on Earth. They show not only how the rise of animals was delayed for billions of years, but also what it was that first forced fish out of the sea and onto the land. Together, the two scientists explain how developments in the environment led to multiple Ice Ages before the emergence of dinosaurs and other giant animals, and what the true cause of these great beasts' eventual extinction was. Finally, charting the course of our own evolution, they explore whether this generation will see the end of the human species. A New History of Life proves not only that much of what we think we know should be unlearned, but also that the true history of life on Earth is much more surprising and wonderful than we could ever have imagined.

Book Title : Marine Hydrothermal Systems and the Origin of Life

marine hydrothermal systems and the origin of life

Release Date : 1992
ISBN Code : 0792320182
Book Author : SCOR Working Group 91
Book Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages : 242

Book Summary :

Research of the origins of life in connection with a marine environment started at the end of the seventies, when the black smokers in the Pacific were discovered and the Red Sea deep hydrothermal brines were found to be a fruitful environment for abiotic synthesis of life precursors. For a while this research was categorized under the heading Chemistry, but in less than a decade the topic became fully integrated into the science of oceanography. The Scientific Committee on Oceanographic Research (SCOR) initiated working Group 91: Chemical Evolution and Origin of Life in Marine Hydrothermal Systems. This volume contains the final report of this working group.

Book Title : Clay Minerals and the Origin of Life

clay minerals and the origin of life

Release Date : 1986-12-18
ISBN Code : 0521324084
Book Author : Alexander Graham Cairns-Smith
Book Publisher : CUP Archive
Total Pages : 193

Book Summary :

This volume is the edited proceedings of a conference seeking to clarify the possible role of clays in the origin of life on Earth. At the heart of the problem of the origin of life lie fundamental questions such as: What kind of properties is a model of a primitive living system required to exhibit and what would its most plausible chemical and molecular makeup be? Answers to these questions have traditionally been sought in terms of properties that are held to be common to all contemporary organisms. However, there are a number of different ideas both on the nature and on the evolutionary priority of 'common vital properties', notably those based on protoplasmic, biochemical and genetic theories of life. This is therefore the first area for consideration in this volume and the contributors then examine to what extent the properties of clay match those required by the substance which acted as the template for life.

Book Title : Young Sun Early Earth and the Origins of Life

young sun early earth and the origins of life

Release Date : 2013-01-11
ISBN Code : 9783642225529
Book Author : Muriel Gargaud
Book Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages : 301

Book Summary :

- How did the Sun come into existence? - How was the Earth formed? - How long has Earth been the way it is now, with its combination of oceans and continents? - How do you define “life”? - How did the first life forms emerge? - What conditions made it possible for living things to evolve? All these questions are answered in this colourful textbook addressing undergraduate students in "Origins of Life" courses and the scientifically interested public. The authors take the reader on an amazing voyage through time, beginning five thousand million years ago in a cloud of interstellar dust and ending five hundred million years ago, when the living world that we see today was finally formed. A chapter on exoplanets provides an overview of the search for planets outside the solar system, especially for habitable ones. The appendix closes the book with a glossary, a bibliography of further readings and a summary of the Origins of the Earth and life in fourteen boxes.