Bill Mesler H. James Cleaves
A Brief History of Creation: Science and the Search for the Origin of Life
August 27, 2019 Comments.. 925
A Brief History of Creation: Science and the Search for the Origin of Life Bill Mesler H. James Cleaves In this essential and illuminating history of Western science, Bill Mesler and H James Cleaves II seek to answer the most crucial question in science How did life begin They trace the trials and triumphs of the iconoclastic scientists who have sought to solve the mystery, from Darwin s theory of evolution to Crick and Watson s unveiling of DNA This fascinating exploratIn this essential and illuminating history of Western science, Bill Mesler and H James Cleaves II seek to answer the most crucial question in science How did life begin They trace the trials and triumphs of the iconoclastic scientists who have sought to solve the mystery, from Darwin s theory of evolution to Crick and Watson s unveiling of DNA This fascinating exploration not only examines the origin of life question, but also interrogates the very nature of scientific discovery and objectivity.. A Brief History of Creation Science and the Search for the Origin of Life In this essential and illuminating history of Western science Bill Mesler and H James Cleaves II seek to answer the most crucial question in science How did life begin They trace the trials and trium
  • Title: A Brief History of Creation: Science and the Search for the Origin of Life
  • Author: Bill Mesler H. James Cleaves
  • ISBN: 9780393353198
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Barbara says:

      How did life on Earth begin This has been a burning question in people s minds for millenia In this book, Bill Mesler and H James Cleaves II provide a history of how early scholarsen natural philosophers early scientists en modern scientists have addressed this question over the course of history The book includes brief biographies of some pertinent scholars as well as their ideas about how life arose I m not going to provide a summary of these big thinkers there were too many of them I ll just [...]

    2. Allison says:

      What a great read The book starts at the beginning or near it, anyway of the rise of science, its splitting from religion and its growth as a genre of study, all starting in the 1600s ish So fascinating to watch how one discovery would provide the fodder for the next, through the centuries to present day All of these scientists building on the work of others, trimming off the defunct theories as they went along, not unlike what evolution itself does with genetic mutations over millennia It s an [...]

    3. Charlene says:

      I am conflicted about this book I was ready to give it 4 or 5 stars all the way until the last chapter I was positive the authors would do a better job of explaining how life might have arisen at the hydrothermal vents Let me start with what was good about this book and then move onto some things I felt should have been addressed before publishing This book provides a history of science that is entirely focused on origin of life research Since that is in the top two of my favorite things to read [...]

    4. Rossdavidh says:

      It s somewhat coincidental that I read this book so soon after Nick Lane s The Vital Question , which was written by a scientist trying to figure out how life began This book is essentially the history of people like Nick Lane, going back to the 1700 s and even before I particularly liked the appendix of Recipes For Life , which includes Johannes van Helmont s Recipe for Mice from the early 1600 s Place a dirty shirt or some rags in an open pot or barrel containing a few grains of wheat or some [...]

    5. Pratik says:

      Nope, this isn t about Genesis As quoted in the epilogue, the naturalist Alexander von Humboldt once remarked that there are three phases of scientific discovery The first is denial The second is denial of importance The third is crediting the wrong person Anyone vaguely familiar with history of scientific progress is only too familiar with the premise of the quote Mesler and Cleaves focus on the oft ignored origin of life discoveries and dig into the history starting from Egyptians and the Gree [...]

    6. Kevin Orrman-Rossiter says:

      A review coming your way soon

    7. Makomai says:

      Un libro di storia della scienza che si legge come un thrillerIl libro ripercorre la storia della ricerca dell origine della vita, dai primordi del pensiero filosofico e poi scientifico sino ai giorni nostri l edizione del 2016 La costruzione quella di un thriller, per cui solo alla fine della recensione svelo il finale, con tanto di avviso di spoiler .Come ampiamente noto, la scienza progredisce attraverso ipotesi, osservazioni includo in tale termine i calcoli e sperimentazioni Percorrendo la [...]

    8. Alice Lemon says:

      The title made me a little over paranoid about whether this might secretly be a Creationist book, since I didn t recognize the authors, but it turned out to be a really good history of understandings of the nature of life, from the Renaissance through modern molecular biology Less focus on modern science than I was expecting, but the history was detailed and a lot of it was new to me.

    9. Ariane says:

      So interesting and well written.

    10. Arun Andhavarapu says:

      The book is not what you think it is is a history of the search for creation, the myths of creation and the challenges of overcoming the cultural norms of that the scientists had to deal with during their search for answers interesting read but not if you are looking for the answers to creation.

    11. Ashley says:

      To start off, I did not hate this book The two star rating is because the associated sentence perfectly encapsulates my feelings about it It was OK The problem here was a conflict between my expectations and what I actually found I expected a science heavy book about scientific theories on the origin of life I found a history heavy book about Euro male personages depicted in the typical path from Ancient Greek to Modern American British science If you have little knowledge of science, this is a [...]

    12. Ron says:

      A very readable exploration of the subject suited for a person like me, a layman Well written and engaging From The epic story of the scientists through the ages who have sought answers to life s biggest mystery How did it begin How did life begin It is perhaps the most important question science has ever asked Over the centuries, the search for an answer has been entwined with some of science s most revolutionary advances including van Leeuwenhoek s microscope, Darwin s theory of evolution, and [...]

    13. Phil Tomson says:

      This book covers the search for life s origins from the time of the ancient Greeks until now Two streams of thought dominate from early on either life was created supernaturally, or it arose spontaneously the materialist view It s interesting that the idea of spontaneous generation a materialist view of life s origins existed all the way back in Greek times One of the main things I learned from this book is that Pasteur s main project was attempting to debunk the idea of spontaneous generation a [...]

    14. Ray says:

      This book examines the question of how life originated on Earth, and tells the story through the history of the men and women who pondered the question through the ages Readers will be familiar with many of the names, going back to the ancient Greeks and early European natural philosophers and scientists Of course, microscopic life was unknown to them, and it was impossible to see life s stages at the smallest levels before van Leeuwenhoek s microscope Concepts changed once microscopic forms of [...]

    15. Rob Tonkinson says:

      This book is slow at the start but gets interesting about halfway through It has an ever so slight sustain for religion, but not too bad, even ending with a conclusion that science is unlikely to answer the question of what the meaning of life is The book traces various theories of the origin of life through the ages and culminates with recent research and understanding The writers display reasonable humility about whether s version that could have led to life is the version that did lead to li [...]

    16. Bryan says:

      A well written history of theories concerning the origin of life on earth Starts with the ancient Greeks and ends in the present day, covering all the main theories that have been proposed Contains good coverage of the long held belief in spontaneous generation and the experiments of Pasteur and others that finally led to its death The one thing I do appreciate about the book is the frankness with which the author admits that science still does not have a definitive answer to how life arose, eve [...]

    17. Michael says:

      More of a who s who then I was hoping for and while it is important to honor and recognize different individuals contributions to the research I found my head swimming with names such that I began to skim shame on me I did appreciate the concise history and it reminded me to not take existing viewpoints at face value A lot has changed in our brief lives and this book does an adequate job of covering the history of creation theories and research.

    18. Richard York says:

      Well, about half way through, I gave up The wandering narrative lost me Finally, my sense of duty to complete the read was overcome by eyes glazed over Better luck to other readers Seriously, I mean it.

    19. Joe Macko says:

      Very engaging and informative presentation of the subject of different theories of how life first began Fascinating review of past work on the subject bring us right up to present day successes Enjoyed reading this well written discussion of the the subject of how life may have begun.

    20. Peter Tillman says:

      Did not finish semi religious stuff iirc Not for me Good review Shallow and ininteresting per gp customer rev Note that the Nick Lane books he recommends are Good Stuff but tough going.

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    22. I Love Audiobooks says:

      Absolutely fascinating listen to say the least I got my hands on a kindle copy so I can go through it and highlight things that I want to look up.

    23. John says:

      Loads of history of the great thinkers, scientists and philosophers for the first three quarters then deadly detail which is extremely difficult for me to grasp.

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