Freeman Dyson Origins of Life

ISBN 13: 9780521309493

Origins of Life

3.98 avg rating
( 132 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780521309493: Origins of Life
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

This general book starts by surveying theories and experiments concerned with the origin of life; it then gives a sketch of new ideas and experiments by which the gaps in our understanding may be filled. The principal new idea is that a search for chemical models of primitive life which are highly tolerant of errors may result in the recognition of structures which do not involve exact replication of molecules. It is suggested that genes originated later, as parasites infecting an earlier non-replicating fauna. As the word origins in the title implies, the author suggests that we should look carefully at the notion that life began twice, once with cells and later with genes. The book is based on the Tarner lectures, given with the support of Trinity College, Cambridge, to a mixed university audience of educated but not expert listeners. It is therefore written for such a non-specialist reader.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Book Description:

How did life on Earth originate? Did replication or metabolism come first in the history of life? In this updated and expanded second edition of Origins of Life, 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. Dyson analyzes the debate with reference to recent important discoveries by geologists and chemists. His main aim is to stimulate new experiments that could help to decide which theory is correct. This clearly-written, fascinating book will appeal to anyone interested in the origins of life.

About the Author:

Freeman Dyson is currently Emeritus Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 19.99
US$ 35.02

Convert currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780521626682: Origins of Life

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0521626684 ISBN 13:  9780521626682
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 1999
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Freeman Dyson
Published by CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom (1986)
ISBN 10: 0521309492 ISBN 13: 9780521309493
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 1986. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. This general book starts by surveying theories and experiments concerned with the origin of life; it then gives a sketch of new ideas and experiments by which the gaps in our understanding may be filled. The principal new idea is that a search for chemical models of primitive life which are highly tolerant of errors may result in the recognition of structures which do not involve exact replication of molecules. It is suggested that genes originated later, as parasites infecting an earlier non-replicating fauna. As the word origins in the title implies, the author suggests that we should look carefully at the notion that life began twice, once with cells and later with genes. The book is based on the Tarner lectures, given with the support of Trinity College, Cambridge, to a mixed university audience of educated but not expert listeners. It is therefore written for such a non-specialist reader. Seller Inventory # CTL9780521309493

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 35.02
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Freeman Dyson
Published by CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom (1986)
ISBN 10: 0521309492 ISBN 13: 9780521309493
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 1986. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. This general book starts by surveying theories and experiments concerned with the origin of life; it then gives a sketch of new ideas and experiments by which the gaps in our understanding may be filled. The principal new idea is that a search for chemical models of primitive life which are highly tolerant of errors may result in the recognition of structures which do not involve exact replication of molecules. It is suggested that genes originated later, as parasites infecting an earlier non-replicating fauna. As the word origins in the title implies, the author suggests that we should look carefully at the notion that life began twice, once with cells and later with genes. The book is based on the Tarner lectures, given with the support of Trinity College, Cambridge, to a mixed university audience of educated but not expert listeners. It is therefore written for such a non-specialist reader. Seller Inventory # CTL9780521309493

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 35.89
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Freeman Dyson
Published by Cambridge University Press (1986)
ISBN 10: 0521309492 ISBN 13: 9780521309493
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1986. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0521309492

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 52.91
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Dyson, Freeman
Published by Cambridge University Press
ISBN 10: 0521309492 ISBN 13: 9780521309493
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cambridge University Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0521309492 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0205547

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Freeman Dyson
ISBN 10: 0521309492 ISBN 13: 9780521309493
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0521309492

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 105.03
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds