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Introduction

Alexandre Meinesz

in How Life Began

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780226519319
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226519333 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226519333.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with an anecdote about the author's admiration for the paintings by Vermeer that depict Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, discoverer of microbial life. It then sets out the book's purpose, which is to discuss the origin of the major stages in the elaboration of life. It deals with the domains of biology, paleontology, and ecology as well as philosophy and theology. The essence of this book is to elucidate three origins, or geneses, all governed by a major evolutionary tendency captured by the motto “unity is strength.” A brief overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: origin of life; biology; paleontology; ecology; philosophy; theology

Chapter.  1547 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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