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The Origins of Life and the Universe

By: Paul F Lurquin

217 pages, B/w photos, figs

Columbia University Press

Paperback | Dec 2003 | #137180 | ISBN: 0231126557
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Hardback | May 2003 | #137181 | ISBN: 0231126549
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About this book

Modern physics, relativity and quantum theory are eluciated in a way that shows the reader that the physical world of energy, matter and radiation (and their interactions) can be understood very precisely and often counterintuitively.

[Lurquin] treats competing theories with an even hand and skillfully weaves together topics in cosmology, genetics and biology... thought-provoking. Publishers Weekly For readers with an interest in the astronomical and physical sciences and the origination of life. -- B. F. Northeastern Naturalist


Contents

Foundations of the universeBuilding a universeLife as it is todayPrebiotic Earth: First organic compounds and first informational moleculesLife on its wayHas life originated elsewhere and will it end?

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Biography

Paul F. Lurquin is professor of genetics at Washington State University. He is the author of The Green Phoenix: A History of Genetically Modified Plants (Columbia, 2000) and High Tech Harvest: Understanding Genetically Modified Food Plants.

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