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The Emergence of Life on Earth: A Historical and Scientific Overview

The Emergence of Life on Earth A Historical and Scientific Overview How did life emerge on Earth Is there life on other worlds These questions until recently confined to the pages of speculative essays and tabloid headlines are now the subject of legitimate scientif

  • Title: The Emergence of Life on Earth: A Historical and Scientific Overview
  • Author: Iris Fry
  • ISBN: 9780813527406
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
  • How did life emerge on Earth Is there life on other worlds These questions, until recently confined to the pages of speculative essays and tabloid headlines, are now the subject of legitimate scientific research This book presents a unique perspective a combined historical, scientific, and philosophical anaylsis, which does justice to the complex nature of the subject.How did life emerge on Earth Is there life on other worlds These questions, until recently confined to the pages of speculative essays and tabloid headlines, are now the subject of legitimate scientific research This book presents a unique perspective a combined historical, scientific, and philosophical anaylsis, which does justice to the complex nature of the subject The book s first part offers an overview of the main ideas on the origin of life as they developed from antiquity until the twentieth century The second, detailed part of the book examines contemporary theories and major debates within the origin of life scientific community Topics include Aristotle and the Greek atomists conceptions of the organism Alexander Oparin and J.B.S Haldane s 1920s breakthrough papers Possible life on Mars

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    1. Last week, I read Stuart Kauffman's At Home in the Universe, which in an odd mixture of graphs and flowery language claimed to explain how life arose, nearly four billion years ago, from inorganic matter. I found it most unsatisfactory, and ordered a copy of Iris Fry's The Emergence of Life on Earth; initial reports suggested that it would contain more facts and less poetry. I am pleased to say that it delivered handsomely. If it isn't the best book currently available on this difficult subject, [...]

    2. No scientific theory has yet to succeed in providing a fully convincing account of the emergence of life on Earth. However, in this book Iris Fry provides the reader with the history and facts of the origin of life studies, starting with Empedocles and Aristotle, and finishing with contemporary theories. (It should be noted that nothing significant has been discovered since the publication of this book.)Every living cell known to us is made up of nucleic acids—DNA and RNA—and proteins. And t [...]

    3. Emergence of Life on Earth by Iris Fry is a magisterial survey of the history, facts, and philosophical underpinnings of origin-of-life studies up to 1999 (the book was published in January 2000). It is required reading for anyone willing to seriously engage in the creation vs evolution debate -- on either side -- though Fry is clearly writing from the evolutionists' camp. She notes that "Origin-of-life research is, by definition, an interdisciplinary field to which, among others, astrophysicist [...]

    4. This is exactly what the title says it is: an overview of schools of thought about the emergence of life on earth, starting with historical/religious philosophies and continuing into modern scientific discoveries. The chapters are fairly concise, which made this good bus reading.

    5. A bit of a chore to read at times, but ultimately succeeds in making the historical and philosophical case that abiogenesis, unlike creationisms and (at the moment) panspermia, offers a useful research paradigm.

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