1953 Abiogenesis

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Stanley Miller, Harold Urey evolution


Biogenesis, etcetera


Science gave up on the idea of spontaneous generation after Louis Pasteur did the experiment using a bottle with a swan-neck duct. As the idea of evolution began to be accepted, they wondered how life started. Many continued to rely on religious myths. Many believed that life on earth was planted from an asteroid, comet, or alien spacecraft (the panspermia hypothesis). If life didn’t start from unliving matter, then how did whatever started it start?

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