|1.|| Earth's Earliest Biosphere, edited by
J. W. Schopf ( Princeton, N.J.: Princeton
University Press, 1983).|
This massive opus is a gold mine of valuable data. It may be too detailed for the general reader.
|2.|| The Solar System, by
R. Smoluchowski ( New York: Scientific American Books, 1983).|
This lavishly illustrated book covers the birth and main properties of the sun and the planets.
|3.|| Sun and Earth, by
H. Friedman ( New York: Scientific American Books, 1986).|
Complementing the preceding entry, this book offers an attractive description of the sun and its influences on the Earth.
|4.|| Biogeochemistry, by
W. H. Schlesinger ( San Diego: Academic Press, 1991).|
Organized as a textbook for college and graduate students, this is a dry but instructive and well-documented compendium of how the chemistry of the Earth affects life, and vice versa.
|1.||Origins: A Skeptic's Guide to the Creation of Life on Earth, by R. Shapiro ( New York: Summit Books, 1986).|