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What is a book that goes into reasonable detail (but isn't textbook-level technical) about the origin of earth and in particular the origin of life on earth? Something intended for a broad audience, but that still covers the biology/geology and does not completely gloss over the sicence.

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    $\begingroup$ I think this may be way too broad. Are you able to narrow down your interests any further? $\endgroup$ – jonsca Nov 25 '12 at 1:38
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I would recommend The selfish gene by Richard Dawkins. It is targeted at a scientifically interested audience, but well written and recognized by the scientific community.

http://amzn.com/0199291152

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I think this book (The Story of Life, Southwood) would be just what you are looking for - it was one of my modules during my undergrad in Evolution and I think it touches on the basic geology too. It is quite an easy ready but covers the material pretty well, it also has good reviews on Amazon etc.

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This book by Steven Rose is supposed to be an update of the original for a modern audience:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Almost-Like-Whale-Species-Updated/dp/055299958X

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  • $\begingroup$ I think you mean Steve Jones. Steven Rose wrote The Chemistry of Life. $\endgroup$ – Steve Nov 27 '12 at 17:05

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