The Methods of Science and the Origins of Life

  • A. G. Cairns-Smith


Oparin brought the study of the origins of life into the domain of reasonable scientific enquiry. He showed protobiology to be thinkable in historical terms, that one can lay out a sensible set of alternatives and connect them with astronomical, chemical and biological ideas. Thus Oparin created a subject, not by solving its central problem, but by showing us that this problem could be solved and suggesting more or less where to look for a solution.


Evolutionary Biochemistry Life System Historical Term Biochemical Substance Abiotic Synthesis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. G. Cairns-Smith
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  1. 1.Chemistry DepartmentUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowScotland

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