Chemist James Tour at Rice University calls the book a “heroic encyclopedic work.”
No one — not even the most elite of origin-of-life scientists — has a clue how life could have arisen through blind natural forces on the early Earth.
I suspect this challenge will not be widely heeded. Studying these issues will lead researchers toward a conclusion they simply are not willing to accept.
Any progress toward life would be lost if a fully functional cell did not emerge within a reasonably short period of time.
“The analogy that comes to mind is a golfer, who having played a ball through an 18-hole course, assumed the ball could also play the course in his absence.”