Login

Join for Free!
118820 members

Origins of Life : On Earth and in the Cosmos (2nd Ed)

 Origins of Life : On Earth and in the Cosmos

 

AUTHOR: 

  • Geoffrey Zubay

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Paperback: 564 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 2 edition (January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 012781910X
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.7 x 1.0 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.16 pounds


EDITORIAL REVIEWS

Book Description

Origins of Life on the Earth and in the Cosmos, Second Edition, suggests answers to the age-old questions of how life arose in the universe and how it might arise elsewhere. This thorough revision of a very successful text describes key events in the evolution of living systems, starting with the creation of an environment suitable for the origins of life. Whereas one may never be able to reconstruct the precise pathway that led to the origin of life on earth, one can certainly make some plausible reconstructions of it. Such discussions have greatly expanded our understanding of the principles of chemical evolution and how they compare and contrast with the principles of biological evolution. The text is strong on biochemistry and its recent applications to origins' research.

* Provides an excellent review of basic biochemistry an evolution
* Written in a clear, concise style for scientists, students, and readers interested in a scientific inquiry into the origins of life
* Written by an authority in the field, and brought fully up-to-date in light of new research
* Pulls together valuable information not found in a single source
* Organized and presented in a manner conductive for use in a college course
* Heavily illustrated to make difficult concepts concrete  

Book Info

Suggests answers to the question on how life arose on the earth and how it might arise elsewhere. Provides a review of basic biochemistry and evolution in a clear, concise style. Softcover. 
 

From the Back Cover

Praise for the First Edition
"Geoffrey Zubay's Origins of Life on the Earth and in the Cosmos is the most readable and even-handed general treatment of the problem of the origins of life since Miller and Orgel's 1974 monograph."

--Gerald F. Joyce, Scripps Research Institute
Origins of Life on the Earth and in the Cosmos suggests answers to the age-old questions of how life on the earth and how it might arise elsewhere. This thorough revision of a successful First Edition describes the key events in the evolution of living systems, starting with the creation of an environment suitable for the origins of life. Whereas we may never be able to reconstruct the precise pathway that led to the origin of life on earth, we can make some plausible reconstructions of how it took place. Such exercises have greatly expanded out understanding of the principles of chemical evolution and how they compare and contrast with the principles of biological evolution.

Key Features
* Provides an excellent review of basic biochemistry an evolution
* Written in a clear, concise style for scientists, students, and readers interested in a scientific inquiry into the origins of life
* Written by an authority in the field, and brought fully up-to-date in light of new research
* Pulls together valuable information not found in a single source
* Organized and presented in a manner conductive for use in a college course
* Heavily illustrated to make difficult concepts concrete
Geoffrey Zubay is professor of biology at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1963. Dr. Zubay received and M.S. in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1952 and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Harvard University in 1957. Dr. Zubay is currently an editorial board member of three scholarly journals, Origins of Life, Chemtracts: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Methods: A Companion to Methods in Enzymology. In 1984, he was awarded the Selman A. Waksman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Microbiology. He has published numerous articles in the field as well as two textbooks: Principles of Biochemistry (1995), with William W. Parson and Dennis E. Vance, and the First Edition of Origins (1996). 

About the Author(s)

Geoffrey Zubay is professor of biology at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1963. He has published numerous articles in his field as well as two textbooks: Principles of Biochemistry (1995), with William W. Parson and Dennis E. Vance, and the First Edition of Origins of Life on the Earth and in the Cosmos (1996). Dr. Zubay received an M.S. degree in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1952 and his Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from Harvard University in 1957. Dr. Zubay is currently an editorial board member of three scholarly journals, Origins of Life, Chemtracts: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Methods: A Companion to Methods in Enzymology. In 1984, he was awarded the Selman A. Waksman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Microbiology.  

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

Fantastic book, June 28, 2005

I used this textbook for an Origins of Life course taught by the author himself, Dr. Geoffrey Zubay. The book is fantastic, as it takes a field that has the potential to be very dry and makes it easily accessible to any student with a minimum of science background. Zubay's laboratory works on many of the prebiotic pathways that he discusses in the book, especially with regards to nucleotides. He also knows many of the other experts whose studies are described in the text personally. He also wrote a fantastic biochemistry textbook, Principles of Biochemistry, parts of which you will find interspersed throughout the chapters to put the prebiotic material in better perspective in comparison to the pathways as we know them today. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone taking a cours eon the topic and even to people who are just curious and want to learn on their own

 

 


Rating: 5.0 | Added on: 15 Nov 2006

Rate this book:







excellent!bad…