A Skeptic’s Guide to the Creation of Life on Earth
by Robert Shapiro
Penguin Books, 1988, ISBN 0140227822, paperback
Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, previous owners inscription on half title page (see photographs)
“Since the Book of Genesis countless theories have tried to explain the greatest enigma of all: the origin of life.
And yet, however much we analyse stardust and calculate comets, is today’s science really any better than ancient mythology? Can we be sure that life began when lightening flashed over the primordial chemical soup? Could it have come from outer space – or been created in a week? In this startling new book Professor Shapiro sets out with ‘a preference for doubt in the place of dogma’ and looks with a skeptic’s eye at selfish genes and DNA sequences, chickens and eggs, rocks, ripples and fundamentalist religion. His book is a superb example of the scientific spirit in action and conveys the excitement of the quest to resolve ‘the unsolved riddle of existence,’’”