Nature's Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe

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Simon and Schuster, 2002 - 480 páginas
While others search the skies for extraterrestrial life, Michael Denton has examined the recent discoveries in all the sciences to ask - Could life elsewhere be substantially different from life on Earth? Drawing on a staggering knowledge of physics, biochemistry, geology, and evolution, Denton builds a step-by-step argument for human inevitability. Life requires water, DNA, and protein; it can only flourish in an Earth-like environment. Building on these claims -which, until recently, were impossible to defend - Denton dares to address the boldest question of all - Is a homo sapien-like creature the only possible highly intelligent being in the universe?
 

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NATURE'S DESTINY: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe

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The author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis (not reviewed) again confronts the notion that the presence of humankind is a random event in a random universe, asserting that "the cosmos is uniquely fit ... Leer comentario completo

Nature's destiny: how the laws of biology reveal purpose in the universe

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Biolgist and medical researcher Denton argues that the laws of nature and the conditions on this planet exist for the inevitable origin of carbon-based life on Earth as well as the necessary emergence ... Leer comentario completo

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Prologue
1
Life
5
The Harmony of the Spheres
7
The Vital Fluid
19
The Fitness of the Light
47
The Fitness of the Elements and the Earth
71
The Fitness of Carbon
101
The Vital Gases
117
FireMaker
235
The Tree of Life
265
The Principle of Plenitude
299
The Dream of Asilomar
321
The Eye of the Lobster
351
Appendix
397
Phosphates
404
The Bicarbonate Buffer
410

The Double Helix
141
The Nanomanipulators
169
The Fitness of the Metals
195
The Fitness of the Cell
209

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