|Origins of life on the earth and in the cosmos
|London : Academic Press, 2000
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|Includes bibliographical references and index
"Geoffrey Zubay's Origins of Life on the Earth and in the Cosmos is the most readable and even-handed general treatment of the problem of the origins of life since Miller and Orgel's 1974 monograph."
Gerald F. Joyce, Scripps Research Institute
Origins of Life on the Earth and in the Cosmos suggests answers to the age-old questions of how life arose on the earth and how it might arise elsewhere. This thorough revision of a successful first edition describes the key events in the evolution of living systems, starting with the creation of an environment suitable for the origins of life. Whereas we may never be able to reconstruct the precise pathway that led to the origin of life on earth, we can make some plausible reconstructions of how it took place. Such exercises have greatly expanded our understanding of the principles of chemical evolution and how they compare and contrast with the principles of biological evolution.