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First Steps in the Origin of Life in the Universe

Proceedings of the Sixth Trieste Conference on Chemical Evolution Trieste, Italy 18–22 September, 2000

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The general topic of this volume concerns the origin, evolution, distribution, and destiny of life in the Universe. Firstly, it discusses the transition from inert matter to cellular life and its evolution to fully developed intelligent beings, and also the possibility of life occurring elsewhere, particularly in other environments in our own and other solar systems. Secondly, the book explores the role that space missions may play in obtaining further insight into the question of the origin of life. br/ Reviews are included of the research for microorganisms in the solar system and the well-established project for the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The present work is much broader in its scope than in previous conferences: over one hundred leading scientists have reviewed the entire range of subjects dealt with in these sixty-nine papers. br/ emAudience:/em This book is aimed at advanced students, as well as researchers, in the many areas of basic, earth, and life sciences that contribute to the study of the first steps in the origin of life.


Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Herausgeber Julian Chela-Flores, Tobias Owen, François Raulin
Seitenzahl 428
Erscheinungsdatum 31.10.2001
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4020-0077-5
Verlag Springer Netherland
Maße (L/B/H) 24,1/16/2,9 cm
Gewicht 840 g
Auflage 2001


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  • Dedication to Girodano Bruno. Preface. Group Photograph. Special Evening Lecture. Peptide Nucleic Acids as a Possible Primordial Genetic Polymer; S.L. Miller. The Abdus Salam Lecture. Physics and Life; P. Davies. The Cyril Ponnamperuma Lecture. Solution to Darwin's Dilemma: Discovery of the Missing Precambrian Record of Life; J.W. Schopf. Opening Lecture. Europa: Prospects for an Ocean and Life; C.B. Phillips, C.F. Chyba. Section 1: Historical Aspects. Sidney Walter Fox; The Father of Thermal Proteins and Protocells Therefrom; A. Pappelis, et al. Theories on Origins of Life Between 1860 and 1900 The Spontaneous Generation Controversy Years Post Darwin and Pasteur's Works; F. Raulin-Cerceau. Reminiscentes-Point-A-Mousson-1970 to Trieste-2000; M.S. Chadha. Section 2: The Origin of Life in the Universe. Materials for `First Steps' in Evolution; A.G. Cairns-Smith. Contributions. Section 3: Possible Sources of Life's Origins. Cometary Molecules and Life's Origin; J. Oró. When and How Quickly did Life Emerge on Earth? J.M. Greenberg. Contributions. Section 4: Life Without Starlight. Tetra- and Nonapeptidyl Motifs in the Origin and Evolution of Photosynthetic Bioenergy Conversion; H. Baltscheffsky, et al. Geochemical Habitats in Hydrothermal Systems; E. Shock. Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents: An Example of Extreme Environment on Earth; D.M. Prieur. Contributions. Section 5: Evolution on Life in the Universe. Geological and Geochronological Constraints for the Age of the Oldest Putative Biomarkers in the Early Archaean Rocks of West Greenland; S. Moorbath. The Cenancestorand its Contemporary Biological Relics: The Case of Nucleic Acid Polymerases; L. Delaye, et al. Likelihood of Transport of Life Between the Planets of our Solar System; G. Horneck. Contributions. Section 6: Is There Indigenous Organic Material on Mars? The Search for a Second Genesis of Life in our Solar System; C.P. McKay. Ancient Life on Mars and Earth; J.W. Schopf. Search for Life on Mars: The Mars Express Beagle-2 Lander; A. Brack. Contributions. Section 7: The search for Prebiotic and Biological Indicators in the Satellites of the Outer Solar System. The Satellites of Saturn; T. Owen. Titan: Exobiology and the Cassini-Huygens Mission; F. Raulin, et al. Contributions. Section 8: New Approaches to the Detection of Extraterrestrial Life and Intelligent Radio Signals. Ways to Detect Life on New Planets; M. Ollivier. Searching for Water in Exoplanets; C.B. Cosmovici. The Saha Crater Radioastronomic and Seti Observatory Set-Up of the Data Link; G. Genta. Contributions. Section 9: Deeper Implications of the Detection of Extraterrestrial Life. Origins and Creation; G.V. Coyne, S.J. Life in the Universe: Philosophical and Theological Issues; R.J. Russell. Implications of Possible Biological Evolution Outside Habitable Zones in Solar Systems; J. Chela-Flores. Section 10: Recent Improvements in the Infrastructure for the Study of the First Steps in the Origin of Life in the Universe. Cosmopark - A Natural Astronomical Observatory; J. Oró, X. Palau. Spanish Photographic Meteor Network: An Interdisciplinary Crosslink; J.M. Trigo-Rodriguez, et al. Pre-dinner Speaker. New Paradigms f