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Singularities: Landmarks on the Pathways of Life

Christian de Duve

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ISBN 10: 052184195X / ISBN 13: 9780521841955
Published by Cambridge University Press, New York, 2005
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Black paper covered boards with silver titles, xiv, b/w illus., bibliography, index, 274 pages. Faint soiling to page edges. 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches: 1.3 pounds. Bookseller Inventory # 5070

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Title: Singularities: Landmarks on the Pathways of ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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Erwin Schrödinger's What is Life? published 60 years ago, influenced much of the development of molecular biology. In this new book Christian De Duve, Nobel Laureate and pioneer of modern cell biology, presents a contemporary response to this classic, providing a sophisticated consideration of the key steps or bottlenecks that constrain the origins and evolution of life. De Duve surveys the entire history of life, including insights into the conditions that may have led to its emergence. He uses as landmarks the many remarkable singularities along the way, such as the single ancestry of all living beings, the universal genetic code, and the monophyletic origin of eukaryotes. The book offers a brief guided tour of biochemistry and phylogeny, from the basic molecular building blocks to the origin of humans. Each successive singularity is introduced in a sequence paralleling the hypothetical development of features and conditions on the primitive earth, explaining how and why each transition to greater complexity occurred.

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In this new book Christian De Duve, Nobel Laureate and pioneer of modern cell biology, presents a contemporary response to Erwin Schrodinger's classic What is Life? providing a sophisticated consideration of the key steps or bottlenecks that constrain the origins and evolution of life.

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