The Origin of Life

The Origin of Life

The Origin of Life

The Origin of Life

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For a long time I have been greatly intrigued by the question as to how life on Earth began and for more than fifteen years have been actively engaged in searching for a solution of the problem which has stirred me so deeply. The fruits of the meditations and researches along these lines have been presented in a series of scientific articles and popular essays. In 1923 I published a booklet devoted to this problem in which my views according to which life appeared in the gradual evolution of primary organic substances were first expounded. Subsequently I attempted to develop this idea further and to substantiate it with data derived from various investigations carried out by astronomers, geologists, biochemists and others working in related fields. The information garnered from these various sources has been incorporated in 1936 in my book, "The Origin of Life," a translation of which is now offered to the reader.

The problem of the beginning of life still intrigues my curiosity and stirs my imagination, and I am therefore greatly beholden to The Macmillan Company for undertaking the publication of a translation which will bring this book before the large English-speaking public. I hope that it will attract the attention of American and of other English-speaking investigators and will further promote . . .

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