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


The Origins of Life From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language [PDF / EPUB] The Origins of Life From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language When John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary published The Major Transitions in Evolution it was seen as a major work in biology Nature hailed it as a book of grand and daunting sweep A splendid and rew When John Maynard Smith and of Life PDF/EPUB Á Eors Szathmary published The Major Transitions in Evolution it was seen as a major work in biology Nature hailed it as a book of grand and daunting sweep A splendid and rewarding tour de force And New Scientist wrote that it captured the essence of modern biology calling it an extremely significant book which as a bonus is very readable Now in The Origins of Life Maynard Smith and Szathmary have completely rewritten Transitions to bring their ideas to The Origins eBook ´ a wider audience of general readers Here is a brilliant state of the art account of how life evolved on earth focusing primarily on six major transitions dramatic breakthroughs in the way that information was passed between generations The authors offer illuminating explorations of the origin of life itself the arrival of the first cells with nuclei the first reproduction by sexual means the appearance of multicellular plants and animals the emergence of cooperation and of animal societies and the birth of language The Origins Origins of Life PDF/EPUB æ of Life represents the thinking of two leading scientists on uestions that engage us all how life began and how it gradually Origins of Life From the PDF \ evolved from tiny invisible cells into whales and trees and human beings.

  • Hardcover
  • 192 pages
  • The Origins of Life From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language
  • John Maynard Smith
  • English
  • 12 May 2014
  • 9780198504931

About the Author: John Maynard Smith

John Maynard Smith FRS was of Life PDF/EPUB Á a British evolutionary geneticist; one of the most important biologists of his era.



10 thoughts on “The Origins of Life From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language

  1. says:

    Very difficult but worth it as it's totally amazing in its chain of reasoning and speculation demonstrates the possibility of life evolving from inert chemicals to the present day via accident alone Essential reading for anyone trying to really understand how we might have come into existence without resorting to theology or mysticism

  2. says:

    A comprehensive review of key events that are proposed by the two authors during the evolution of life Apparently the target of the book is all readers with interests in biology and the formation of complexity of life Therefore there are some passages in the book that are basic biology that can be easily jumped over by biologists Nevertheless the book gives a uite up to date review on both theoretical and practical aspects of research about origin of lifePart of the discussion is rather theoretical or even philosophical without much technical aspect involved For readers with background in biology molecular biology biochemistry and evolutionary biology and for readers that need details about revolution Ernst Meyr's What is evolution can be an interesting companion to this bookThe most inspiring fact mentioned by the authors though a basic one is that although there is a one to one correspondence between triplets of bases in the gene and amino acids there is no such correspondence between genes genotype and parts of the body phenotype As the authors pointed out there is not a gene responsible for the nail on your left little finger and another for the fifteenth eyelash of your right eye Instead most structures a specialized form of phenotype are influenced by many genes and most genes influence several structuresThis suggests that so far the most prevalent method of single gene based analysis is bound to fail Though it is statistically appealing to assume genes are independent from each other the assumption poses a very strong constrain on how we interpret biological data and understand biology with them

  3. says:

    This book was a disappointment It gave a bunch of descriptive aspects of lifeforms but not much on how the diversity came about For instance saying an early eurkoyote might have accidently swallowed some nutrious particle which led to mouths That is like saying if someone ran into the back of a VW Beetle it might take the shape of the rear end of a VW Rabbit And then if there was another impact it might knock the engine from the rear to the front Another calamity might have something fall on the roof going from curved to flat and hence after a series of such bashes viola an evolved VW You could cry foul and point out that changes have to ocur at the manufacturing stage and so with the organism the change has to be with the DNA not some accidental crumbling of a cell wall The authors shamelessly use examples from human technology which are intellectually guided It is like saying it walks like a duck uacks like a duck swims like a ducs and looks like a duck but its not a duck Having to choose between Creationism and Evolutionary Theory is like having to decide if a rainbow is black or white; they are both two dimensional solutions to a five dimensional problem The chapter on the Origins of Language is a misnomer; it might have been called tidbits on language; there is little about origins much less explain how human language became intricate and embedded in our psyche

  4. says:

    Very concise not a single word is superfluous A must read for anyone who is willing to understand how life originated be it on earth or extra terrestrial planet Now I plan to read their Major transitions For me this book served its purpose of understanding fundamental ideas behind origin of life

  5. says:

    Too dense Many concepts are heavy so would have preferred illustrationsexplanations But still overall important bookMight be outdated about a few chapters points

  6. says:

    A good chronological account of how life began and evolved up through humans and the origin of language

  7. says:

    This book kindled my interest in evolutionary biology I have a science degree but no specific training in biology and I found it to be pitched at an appropriate level It's great at giving the big picture and putting all the pieces in their conceptual positions and would serve well as a prelude to a layman's study of evolutionAs a popular condensed version of the authors' magnum opus The major transitions of evolution the book moves seuentially through the 8 so called major transitions of evolution single replicators groups of replicators; groups of replicators chromosomes; RNA DNA proteins; prokaryotes eukaryotes; asexual sexual; protists animals plants fungi; individuals colonies; primate societies human societies languageAt only 170 pages it's not too much of a commitment for the casual reader While not exactly light reading the writing style is clear and concise so I give it high marks on readability Nevertheless some sections were obscure and probably could have been written better particularly the chapter on the evolution of sexual reproduction Given when the book was written some of the theories favoured by the authors may or may not be outdated now but I still consider it a worthwhile read and one which has given me much to think about

  8. says:

    Fascinating if lacking in depth

  9. says:

    Too hard for me at the moment in many places my lack of biological knowledge But fascinating nonetheless

  10. says:

    A good but tough one

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