Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Singularities: Landmarks on the Pathways of Life” as Want to Read:
Singularities: Landmarks on the Pathways of Life
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Singularities: Landmarks on the Pathways of Life

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  14 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Erwin Schrodinger's What is Life? published 60 years ago, influenced much of the development of molecular biology. In this new book Christian De Duve, Nobel Laureate and pioneer of modern cell biology, presents a contemporary response to this classic, providing a sophisticated consideration of the key steps or bottlenecks that constrain the origins and evolution of life. D ...more
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Cambridge University Press (first published July 30th 2001)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Singularities, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Singularities

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-41)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Kili
Nov 05, 2011 Kili rated it really liked it
I don't have the organic chem chops to appreciate this book. de Duve tackles the origin of life by looking at "singularities": eg, why is ATP so central to all life? He makes an argument of life coming from a combination of extraterrestrial organic materials and chemistry caused with volcanism - he asks questions about what "fossils" exist of protometabolism - and takes a hard look at what an "RNA world" would have been.

I can only skim the text looking for his logic: his intended reader has to k
...more
Jim
Jul 23, 2007 Jim rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: insomniacs
Shelves: unreadable
Try as I might, reading this left me drowsy. I'll have to find another scientist to tell me about the wonderful singularities.
Andy Ehrensberger
Andy Ehrensberger rated it it was ok
Jan 31, 2012
chris mukhar
chris mukhar rated it really liked it
Jun 14, 2016
Chiaralletti
Chiaralletti rated it really liked it
Nov 29, 2011
Ali
Ali rated it liked it
Aug 31, 2012
Balazs Szigeti
Balazs Szigeti rated it really liked it
Jun 28, 2013
Juxhin Deliu
Juxhin Deliu rated it really liked it
May 27, 2017
Vilhelm
Vilhelm rated it it was amazing
May 14, 2012
Adrian Griffis
Adrian Griffis rated it really liked it
Aug 07, 2012
Mansour
Mansour rated it it was amazing
Oct 14, 2012
Matt Ellison
Matt Ellison rated it really liked it
Jul 22, 2014
Peter Kempenich
Peter Kempenich rated it really liked it
Mar 23, 2010
Peter Jaeschke
Peter Jaeschke rated it liked it
Jan 04, 2016
Sherri
Sherri added it
Dec 28, 2008
James
James added it
Apr 25, 2010
Sophie
Sophie marked it as to-read
Jun 09, 2010
Hakija
Hakija marked it as to-read
Jul 03, 2010
Mark
Mark marked it as to-read
Feb 05, 2011
Laura
Laura marked it as to-read
Jul 09, 2011
Tarek
Tarek marked it as to-read
Sep 08, 2012
Sara
Sara added it
Nov 22, 2012
Jacques
Jacques marked it as to-read
Mar 28, 2013
Fany
Fany marked it as to-read
May 01, 2013
Tom Callaghan
Tom Callaghan marked it as to-read
May 24, 2013
Pavel
Pavel marked it as to-read
Jul 20, 2013
Sirous Hormozi
Sirous Hormozi marked it as to-read
Aug 31, 2013
Shanie Mahadeo-heads
Shanie Mahadeo-heads marked it as to-read
Oct 20, 2013
Emily
Emily marked it as to-read
Mar 08, 2014
Juan Tástico
Juan Tástico marked it as to-read
Oct 29, 2014
Erika Nederveld
Erika Nederveld marked it as to-read
Aug 27, 2015
Arbraxan
Arbraxan marked it as to-read
Aug 27, 2015
BookDB
BookDB marked it as to-read
Sep 11, 2016
Jacques Caillault
Jacques Caillault marked it as to-read
Jun 10, 2017
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Christian de Duve (1917-2013) was a Belgian scientist and author. He discovered the cellular components called lysosomes and peroxisomes and researched insulin and glucagon. He was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1974 with Albert Claude and George E. Palade "for their discoveries concerning the structural and functional organization of the cell".

Born outside of Belgium, de Duve and
...more
More about Christian de Duve...

Share This Book