The Emergence of Life on Earth: A Historical and Scientific Overview

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Rutgers University Press, 2000 - Science - 327 pages
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"Essential reading for people in disciplines ranging from philosophy to biology. It is simply the best general book that I know on the question of the origin of life." --Michael Ruse, author of Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction? "Fry has fashioned a masterful account of the history, philosophy, and science of the origin of life and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Her story weaves profound Western ideas of who we are and where we came from, from Aristotle to Gould, from Kant to NASA." --Woodruff Sullivan, University of Washington "A rich source for the specialist and thought-provoking reading for the lay person." Gunter Wachtershauser, University of Regensburg, Germany How did life emerge on Earth? Is there life on other worlds? These questions, until recently confined to the pages of speculative essays and tabloid headlines, are now the subject of legitimate scientific research. This book presents a unique perspective--a combined historical, scientific, and philosophical anaylsis, which does justice to the complex nature of the subject. The book's first part offers an overview of the main ideas on the origin of life as they developed from antiquity until the twentieth century. The second, more detailed part of the book examines contemporary theories and major debates within the origin-of-life scientific community. Topics inclue: - Aristotle and the Greek atomists' conceptions of the organism - Alexander Oparin and J.B.S. Haldane's 1920s breakthrough papers - Possible life on Mars? - The search for extraterrestrial intelligence - Recent discoveries of extrasolar planets Iris Fry teaches at the Cohn Institute for the History of Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University, and in the department of humanities and arts at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. Her book The Origin of Life: Mystery or Scientific Problem? was published in Israel in 1997.

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Emergence of Life on Earth by Iris Fry is a magisterial survey of the history, facts, and philosophical underpinnings of origin-of-life studies up to 1999 (the book was published in January 2000). It ... Read full review

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This is exactly what the title says it is: an overview of schools of thought about the emergence of life on earth, starting with historical/religious philosophies and continuing into modern scientific discoveries. The chapters are fairly concise, which made this good bus reading. Read full review

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Fry is an adjunct teaching associate at The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University.

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