Seven Clues to the Origin of Life

Seven Clues to the Origin of Life : A Scientific Detective Story

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Seven Clues to the Origin of Life is about how life may have arisen on Earth. The book is written and the tape read by Cairns-Smith as a detective story. It relies on the methods of Sherlock Holmes - particularly Holmes' principle that one should always use the most paradoxical features of a case to crack it. The origin of life is full of paradoxical difficulties, as well as clues and red herrings, but all of these, when disentangled, lead to a new view of how life began. This book answers the fundamental question: what kind of stuff was it that our ultimate ancestors were made of? 'A summary of the best evolutionary thinking ...in which the important issues are addressed pertinently.' Natureshow more

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  • Audio cassette
  • 107 x 140mm | 131g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0752839845
  • 9780752839844
  • 2,105,782

About A.G. Cairns-Smith

Graham Cairns-Smith taught organic chemistry and molecular biology at Glasgow University for forty years. He is now an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Glasgow and a full-time writer of serious popular science. Graham Cairns-Smith taught organic chemistry and molecular biology at Glasgow University for forty years. He is now an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Glasgow and a full-time writer of serious popular science.show more

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