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Where does Origins of Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This audiobook was done very well and was enjoyable to listen to start-to-finish.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Origins of Life?
Going over the Miller-Uri experiments was interesting. I've heard much about these experiments, but not to the detail that Dr. Hazen provided, along with the impact that these studies have had on other "origins" work.
What does Professor Robert M. Hazen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Hearing the lecture gives the listener an idea of inflections and emotion that goes into the material, rather than reading from a book.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
"Discover the possibilities of life's chemical origins"
Any additional comments?
This was a great lecture series on the origins of life. As the title indicates, this series sticks with molecular origins ONLY and does not really move beyond unicellular life (bottom up approach). Having a background in chemistry/biochem is certainly helpful, but overall I found this to be an interesting and relevant series on covering the many theories of life's origins.
Pros: Dr. Hazen covers many of the theories held by a variety of disciplines for life's origins in a neat, organized manner. He really drives home the point that there are MANY ideas on how life arose verses the misconception that some scientists feel there is only one means by which life could have begun.
Cons: Without a basic understanding of chemistry, most people would have a hard time following this lecture.
Bottom line: certainly worth a listen for anyone interested in getting a 10,000 foot perspective on the many ideas as to a natural means for emergence of life on earth.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I have an intense interest in the subject matter.
This is the best book on the subject I have "read" so far.
This is a comprehensive overview of the proposed theories in the search for the plausible scenarios for the origins of life. Dr. Hazen brings the subject to life (pun intended) by not only talking about the science, but also the personalities, the politics and the process of scientific exploration.
This book is a worthwhile read for scientists,but is still very accessible to the lay person as well.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of Origins of Life to be better than the print version?
Yet another gem of a lecture course from Robert Hazen. A mind expanding tour de force.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The Cambrian Explosion.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Any additional comments?
First rate presentation of exciting material!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I have a lay interest in abiogenesis and Robert Hazen has worked in this field for a long while and is a recognised expert in this field.
It is not overly challenging and skips along at a good pace.
It's a good place for anyone interested in the origins of life to start.
What a wonderful series. Quite inspiring. I would love to be starting out as a young scientist chipping away at such a wonderful subject as the origin of life. A supernatural creator isn't even mentioned in this course which is as it should be. Thankyou for a brilliant 12 hrs of listening.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful