Book Review: Amino Acids and the Asymmetry of Life by Uwe Meierhenrich
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This summer a book entitled Amino Acids and the Asymmetry of Life was published by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg within the series on Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics edited by A. Brack, G. Horneck, Chr. P. McKay, and H. Stan-Lotter (ISBN: 978-3-540-76885-2 242 p. 127 illus., 12 in color., Hardcover $99.00). The author is Uwe Meierhenrich, currently professor of chemistry at the Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France.
The book treats a rather exotic topic, at first sight aiming at a very specific readership, yet a closer look reveals that it is of interest to a very broad readership covering the whole spectrum of theoreticians, (including even philosophers), chemists, physicists, biologists, astronomers, and space engineers interested in the fascinating subject of the origins of life on Earth and in Space and the possibility of extant life traces on extraterrestrial bodies. Meierhenrich was intrigued by this topic in his years as a young researcher at the University...