- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Henry (Joseph) Press (9 Sept. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0309094321
- ISBN-13: 978-0309094320
- Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.1 x 2.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life's Origins Hardcover – 9 Sep 2005
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"Hazen writes with wonderful clarity about science."
About the Author
Robert M. Hazen is a scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington and the Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Science at George Mason University. Dr Hazen is the author of man books including The Breakthrough, Why Aren't Black Holes Black and the bestselling Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy which he co-authored with James Trefil.
Top Customer Reviews
In any other account on this topic, the opening would inevitably be a reference to Charles Darwin's "warm little pond". The "warm little pond" idea was tested in 1953 by Stanley Miller, who figures significantly in this story. Darwin's "first cell" clearly required simpler precursors to be assembled and put in operation. As an earth scientist, Hazen is more interested in the role played by chemistry and physics than cell biology, and so begins the book with water's changing properties under increased temperature and pressure. This situation plays a more significant role in life's beginnings than we might guess, since one scenario for the initial steps lies deep in the Earth where water, essential to life, lies buried in rocks, hot and compressed. As it turns out, that water is home to living things - microbes that may not reproduce for over a thousand years, as contrasted with the microbes in your gut that reproduce every twenty minutes.Read more ›
(The reviewer is a Ph.D. student in Biochemistry.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a fascinating book to read and much recommended. What comes across is the tentative nature of the quest and the realisation that there is a long way to go. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2015 by Trevor Middleton
An amazing survey of recent research into the `origin of life'.
Hazen overviews the various possible scenarios ( featuring geothermals, hydrothermals, clays, crystals,... Read more
I've also read a lot of other good books on the origins of life and this onew is the best summary and the easiest to consume. Fantastic stuff - try it.Published on 24 Feb. 2009 by Colin D. Jones