Life as We Know It

  • Joseph Seckbach

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Life as we know it

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Joseph Seckbach, Aharon Oren, Russell L. Chapman, Debra A. Waters, Ian K. Ross, Aharon Oren et al.
      Pages 3-143
  3. Life in the context of the new science of astrobiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-146
    2. Jordi Llorca, Malcolm E. Schrader, Pasquale Stano, Francesca Ferri, Pier Luigi Luisi
      Pages 147-198
    3. David Deamer, John Evans, Baruch S. Blumberg, A. M. Carnerup, A. G. Christy, J. M. García–ruiz et al.
      Pages 199-372
    4. Christopher P. Mckay, Josep M. Trigo–rodríguez, P. Ehrenfreund, E. L. Martin, Helmut Lammer, Thomas Penz et al.
      Pages 373-503
    5. Julian Chela-Flores, George V. Coyne
      Pages 505-535
  4. Deeper issues of the phenomenon of life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 538-538
    2. Robert John Russell, R. J. Aumann, Rav Giuseppe Laras, Carol E. Cleland, Shlomo Riskin, Avshalom C. Elitzur et al.
      Pages 539-653
    3. Natan Gadoth, Nina Gunde-Cimerman, Polona Zalar, Gordon W. Beakes, Lawrence Funderburke
      Pages 655-706
    4. Moshe Sipper, Nakdimon Umiel
      Pages 707-733
  5. Summary and conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 736-736
    2. Joseph Seckbach, Francois Raulin, Aharon Oren, Vera Kolb, Julian Chela-Flores
      Pages 737-743
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 745-765

About this book


Life As we Know It ["LAKI"] covers several aspects of Life, ranging from the prebiotic level, origin of life, evolution of prokaryotes to eukaryotes and finally to various affairs of human beings. Although it is hard to define Life, one can, however, characterize it and describe its features. Topics treated are categories of bacteria, algae and fungi, conscience, philosophy, theology, aesthetics, appearance of sport and life destiny, life after clinical death, and thoughts of the world to come ("Olam Haba").

The various chapters have been written so that they are accessible to all - from the avid lay reader to the specialist – and make available multidisciplinary sources of information about Life. This volume will interest open minded scholars, students at all levels of general sciences, natural and Life science, researchers of philosophy, theology, history of Life, astrobiology, and those who wish to widen their knowledge about "who are we in the universe".

The information presented here on the various phenomena of Life were all written by highly qualified authors including scientists, public leaders, a professional athelete and three Nobel Laureates.


LAKI artificial life autonomous ecosystems biocomplexity eukaryogenesis: evolution extraterrestrial intelligent life: extraterrestrial life final frontiers fungal lives hidden cosmos human interactions microscopic planktonic algae prebiotic evolution the origin

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph Seckbach
    • 1
  1. 1.The Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael

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