The Origin of Life – Oparin

In this post, we will see the book The Origin of Life by A. I. Oparin.

About the book

This book discusses the ideas of origin of life on Earth. Alexander Ivanovich Oparin was a Soviet biochemist notable for his theories about the origin of life, and for his book The Origin of Life. He also studied the biochemistry of material processing by plants and enzyme reactions in plant cells.

The book discusses the possible bio-chemical pathways, complex organic molecules,  environmental conditions and geological factors for the origin and evolution of life. The book is a shortened version of his book The Origin of Life on Earth. On the whole, Oparin described a biochemical adventure marked by chemico-physics and natural selection, this latter working on microstructure. Oparin worked according to the canons of dialectic materialism applied to Nature by Friedrich Engels and did not give anything to divine and fantastic. In such context, proteins and enzymes were the dominant substances of life owing to their manifold activities

The book was translated from Russian was published in 1955  by Foreign Languages Publishing House. There are other translations as well notably by Dover published around the same time.

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE.
The Origin of Life—Materialism Versus Idealism and Religion 5

CHAPTER TWO.
The Primary Origin of the Most Element­ary Organic Substances—Hydrocarbons and Their Deriv­atives 21

CHAPTER THREE.
The Origin of Proto-Proteins 40

CHAPTER FOUR.
The Origin of Primary Colloidal For­mations 54

CHAPTER FIVE. The Organization of Living Protoplasm 64

CHAPTER SIX. The Origin of Primary Organisms 78

Conclusion 100

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