Layered Double Hydroxides And the Origins of Life on Earth Page: 3
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The study of the Origins of Life is one that cannot be defined in terms of a single
discipline. Any meaningful discussion on the topic is bound to include material from
such diverse areas as geology, physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, and philosophy.
This results in the discussion being exceptionally long, even if it uses only general
concepts. Therefore, this will not be a meaningful discussion on the problem of the
Origins of Life. Rather, the first part of this work is intended as an introduction to the
current state of the Origins of Life community and how the research presented in Part 11
plays a part. The research covered in Part II is original and was performed over the last
two years by the author with significant assistance from other group members. A fair
amount of detail is included in that section, along with several necessary definitions,
presented in a glossary.
Many thanks must first go to Dr. Paul Braterman, for introducing me to the field
of Origins of Life research, and for his role as a mentor, major professor, and friend. Dr.
Joseph Boclair and Faith Yarberrry contributed greatly to this work, collecting and
analyzing data, consulting on the work while in progress, and aiding in writing as well.
Thanks also go to Jianping Jiang, Shaowei Lou, and Zhiming Wang for contributions to
the various publications which form a central part of this work. Finally, I wish to thank
the many friends and family who reviewed and critiqued Part I of this work to make it fit
for the layman to understand, most especially Riley Stewart, Jessica Tartaro, Elizabeth
Brister, Inna Vitol, Prakash Joshi, and Joshua Irish.
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Brister, Brian. Layered Double Hydroxides And the Origins of Life on Earth, thesis or dissertation, March 13, 2001; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc146478/m1/3/: accessed September 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Honors College.