Herrera's 'Plasmogenia' and Other Collected Works

Early Writings on the Experimental Study of the Origin of Life

Authors: Cleaves II, H.J.J., Lazcano, A., Ledesma Mateos, I., Negrón-Mendoza, A., Peretó, J., Silva, E.

  • Presents important works by Alfonso Herrera, including Plasmogenia, never before published in English which serves as a point of reference for the history of the study of the origin of life
  • Highlights the impact of Mexican intellectual schools on the modern origin of life paradigm
  • Includes important previously published works in a more accessible language in order to reach a wider readership
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This book collects three outstanding examples of the work of Mexican biologist Alfonso Luis Herrera (1868-1943), a pioneer in experimental origins of life research. Two of the collected works appear here in English for the first time. Herrera's works represent the attempt to deal experimentally with the issue of an autotrophic origin of life, a possibility that was widely accepted prior to Alexander I. Oparin's ideas regarding the possibility of organic synthesis and the origin of life in an early Earth environment. An active promoter of Darwinian ideas in Latin America, Herrera was also among the first 20th century researchers to attempt to “create life in a test tube.”

This collection shows the remarkable prescience of researchers in Mexico with regards to laboratory approaches to the problem of the origin of life. It also includes a modern commentary by researchers actively engaged in research in prebiotic evolution and the origins of life, and deeply concerned with the historical development of ideas in these fields. The list includes H. James Cleaves, Antonio Lazcano, Alicia Negrón-González and Juli Peretó, who discuss in detail the relevance of Herrera's ideas to modern theory and their historical context. The book will expose modern readers and researchers to currents of thinking that have been lost, largely to time and language inaccessibility, of a seminal early theoretical biologist.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Cleaves, Henderson James (et al.)

    Pages 1-5

  • CONCEPTS IN BIOLOGY

    Cleaves, Henderson James (et al.)

    Pages 7-162

  • Plasmogeny

    Cleaves, Henderson James (et al.)

    Pages 163-175

  • PLASMOGENY, A NEW SCIENCE OF THE ORIGIN OF LIFE

    Cleaves, Henderson James (et al.)

    Pages 177-209

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eBook $149.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4939-0736-6
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Hardcover $189.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $189.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4939-4096-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Herrera's 'Plasmogenia' and Other Collected Works
Book Subtitle
Early Writings on the Experimental Study of the Origin of Life
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-0736-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-0736-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4939-0735-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-4096-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 209
Number of Illustrations and Tables
126 b/w illustrations
Topics