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The Origins of Life : From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language

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In this fascinating book, John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary present an original picture of evolution. They propose that during evolution there have been a number of major transitions in the way in which information is passed between generations. These transitions include the appearance of the first replicating molecules, the emergence of co-operative animal societies, and the unique language ability of humans. Containing many new ideas, this book is contemporary biology on the grandest scale, from the birth of life to the origin of language.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 154 x 221 x 12.7mm | 158.76g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • line drawings
  • 019286209X
  • 9780192862099
  • 246,061

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...the book is well written, stimulating, and full of information nuggets. * Choice * ...the authors provide a clear-eyed review of a large part of modern biology. * Scientific American * exhilarating reading ... challenging ... stimulates the reader to think deeply on the many issues it raises. * Margaret Ginzburg, Science and Christian belief, Vol.13, No.1, April 2001 * I can recommend this book as a thoroughly interesting read * Biologist 01/02/2002 *show more

About John Maynard Smith

John Maynard Smith is an internationally renowned biologiest, widely respected for the originality of his ideas and quality of his thinking. He is a Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Sussex. Eors Szathmary is a Professor at the Collegium Budapest, in Hungary.show more

Table of contents

PREFACE; 1. LIFE AND INFORMATION; 2. THE MAJOR TRANSITIONS; 3. FROM CHEMISTRY TO HEREDITY; 4. FROM THE RNA WORLD TO THE MODERN WORLD; 5. FROM HEREDITY TO SIMPLE CELLS; 6. THE ORIGIN OF EUKARYOTIC CELLS; 7. THE ORIGIN OF SEX; 8. GENETIC CONFLICT; 9. LIVING TOGETHER; 10. THE EVOLUTION OF MANY-CELLED ORGANISMS; 11. ANIMAL SOCIETIES; 12. FROM ANIMAL TO HUMAN SOCIETIES; 13. THE ORIGIN OF LANGUAGE; GLOSSARY; NOTES; FURTHER READING; INDEXshow more

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I can recommend this book as a thoroughly interesting read Biologist 01/02/2002show more

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