The Role of Radiation in the Origin and Evolution of Life, edited by Mitsuhiko Akaboshi, Noriko Fujii and Rafael Navarro-Gonzales, Kyoto University Press, Kyoto, Japan, 2000, 367 FPAGE.

On the agenda of international meetings on the evolution of life on Earth, ionizing radiation is usually a minor partner in the group of energy sources considered to have been available for the initiation prebiotic chemistry. An International Conference on the Role of Radiation in the Origin and Evolution of Life, held in 1998 near Osaka, Japan, was the first meeting where radiation received proper attention. This can be seen from the excellent publication from Kyoto University Press that contains 25 invited papers on the topic. This book provides a valuable overview of the field.

The volume is divided into three parts:

Part I, Fundamentals of Radiation, is presented in four chapters. The primary physical stages of...

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