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1. The origin of life

1. The origin of life  

Michael J. Benton

in The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2008
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777011
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199226320.003.0002
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9780199226320
‘The origin of life’ hows that from the earliest days people have wondered about the origins of life. The discovery of radioactivity and radioactive decay of elements paved the way for ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Michael J. Benton

in The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2008
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777011
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199226320.003.0001
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chapter
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9780199226320
The ‘Introduction’ shows that the keys to understanding the history of life are fossils — the remains of plants, animals, or microbes that once existed. Sites of exceptional preservation ... More
6. Biological information

6. Biological information  

Luciano Floridi

in Information: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777349
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.003.0007
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9780199551378
‘Biological information’ outlines the nature of information in genetics and neuroscience. Genes are instructions for creating proteins in organisms, and these instructions are carried ... More
7. Mathematics, what is it good for? Quaternions, knots, and more DNA

7. Mathematics, what is it good for? Quaternions, knots, and more DNA  

Alain Goriely

in Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2018
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Feb 2018
eISBN: 
9780191815805
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198754046.003.0007
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9780198754046
Mathematics has an important place in society, but one that is not always obvious. ‘Mathematics, what is it good for? Quarternions, knots, and more DNA’ considers examples of mathematical ... More
6. Synthesis

6. Synthesis  

William H. Brock

in The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
eISBN: 
9780191785085
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198716488.003.0007
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9780198716488
‘Synthesis’ considers how the shape and scale of chemistry has been transformed since the start of the 20th century. A series of world wars; a shift from coal to oil as the feedstock for ... More
Synthetic Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Synthetic Biology: A Very Short Introduction  

Jamie A. Davies

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
eISBN: 
9780191841699
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198803492.001.0001
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9780198803492
Synthetic biology is one of the 21st century’s fastest growing fields of research. Building on traditional genetic engineering, synthetic biology uses multi-gene modules and pathways to ... More
The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael J. Benton

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2008
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777011
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199226320.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199226320
The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction introduces ideas from a range of scientific disciplines, from evolutionary biology and earth history, to geochemistry, ... More
5. Life: a genome's way of making more and fitter genomes

5. Life: a genome's way of making more and fitter genomes  

David C. Catling

in Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
eISBN: 
9780191779923
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586455.003.0005
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9780199586455
‘Life: a genome's way of making more and fitter genomes’ provides a global perspective of terrestrial biology. The history of life on Earth can be deduced from the way that evolution has ... More
Molecular Biology:  A Very Short Introduction

Molecular Biology: A Very Short Introduction  

Aysha Divan and Janice Royds

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2016
Published Online: 
Aug 2016
eISBN: 
9780191791192
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198723882.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198723882
Molecular biology is the story of the molecules of life, their relationships, and how these interactions are controlled. Its applications are wide and growing; the power of molecular ... More
1. The early milestones

1. The early milestones  

Aysha Divan and Janice A. Royds

in Molecular Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2016
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Aug 2016
eISBN: 
9780191791192
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198723882.003.0001
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ISBN: 
9780198723882
Molecular biology is the story of the molecules of life, their relationships, and how these interactions are controlled. ‘Early milestones’ first explores two key ideas in the early history ... More

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