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

Paperback | May 17, 2000

byJOHN MAYNARD SMITH, Eors Szathmary

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In this fascinating book, John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary present an original picture of evolution. They propose that during evolution there have been a number of major transitions in the way in which information is passed between generations. These transitions include the appearance ofthe first replicating molecules, the emergence of co-operative animal societies, and the unique language ability of humans. Containing many new ideas, this book is contemporary biology on the grandest scale, from the birth of life to the origin of language.

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Exposing readers to the cutting edge in theoretical evolutionary biology, The Origins of Life: From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language travels through a three-and-a-half-billion-year history at a remarkable pace. Authors John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary explain the intriguing complexity of organisms, citing eight specific...

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In this fascinating book, John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary present an original picture of evolution. They propose that during evolution there have been a number of major transitions in the way in which information is passed between generations. These transitions include the appearance ofthe first replicating molecules, the emergen...

John Maynard Smith is at University of Sussex. Eors Szathmary is at Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.47 inPublished:May 17, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019286209x

ISBN - 13:9780192862099

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Life and information; 2. The major transitions; 3. From chemistry to heredity; 4. From the RNA world to the modern world; 5. From heredity to simple cells; 6. The origin of eukaryotic cells; 7. The origin of sex; 8. Genetic conflict; 9. Living together; 10. The evolution of many-celledorganisms; 11. Animal societies; 12. From animal to human societies; 13. The origin of language; Glossary; Notes; Further reading; Index.

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Exposing readers to the cutting edge in theoretical evolutionary biology, The Origins of Life: From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language travels through a three-and-a-half-billion-year history at a remarkable pace. Authors John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary explain the intriguing complexity of organisms, citing eight specific advances in evolutionary history with an increase in organism complexity as the catalyst. This fascinating scientific achievement makes some very advanced theoretical ideas accessible to a wider and more generalized audience.

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