The Fifth Miracle: The Search for the Origin and Meaning of Life

by P. C. W. Davies

Hardcover, 1999




New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, c1999.


The author proposes that the ultimate origin of life could be due to planetary cross-contamination of organisms carried by giant meteorites after the cosmic birth of the universe and introduces a new theory that life began inside the earth where geothermal activity may have created the first living micro-organisms.

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LibraryThing member jefware
How unlikely is the actual beginning of life. While Davies never advocates deism (or theism for that matter) one is left with a profound sense of wonder on the origin of life. It really is a miracle. I think that the Universe is somehow predisposed to life though some underlying principle that we've yet to fully comprehend. If it isn't then the chances of life elsewhere are very slim.… (more)
LibraryThing member yapete
Good review of the curent thinking and research into the orgins of life. Davies is an engaging writer, os this is a good starting point in reading about this enduring mystery.




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