Genesis - In The Beginning

Precursors of Life, Chemical Models and Early Biological Evolution

  • Joseph Seckbach

Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxix
  2. Chemical Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. H. James Cleaves II, Jeffrey L. Bada
      Pages 3-33
    3. Chrisantha Fernando, Vera Vasas
      Pages 35-53
    4. Enzo Gallori, Sergio Branciamore
      Pages 55-66
    5. Rob Hengeveld
      Pages 89-106
    6. Osmel Martín, Liuba Peñate, Rolando Cárdenas, J. E. Horvath
      Pages 145-155
    7. F. G. Mosqueira, Alicia Negrón-Mendoza, Sergio Ramos-Bernal, Carlos Polanco-Gonzalez
      Pages 157-169
  3. The Role of Physics and Geophysics in the Origin and Evolution of Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Katsuhiko Ariga, Gary J. Richards, Jonathan P. Hill
      Pages 237-252
    3. Tom Barbalet
      Pages 253-266
    4. Bruce Damer, Peter Newman, Ryan Norkus, John Graham, Richard Gordon, Tom Barbalet
      Pages 267-288
    5. Norikazu Ichihashi, Tomoaki Matsuura, Hiroshi Kita, Takeshi Sunami, Hiroaki Suzuki, Tetsuya Yomo
      Pages 289-303
    6. Anthonie W. J. Muller
      Pages 321-344
    7. Albert Rimola, Mariona Sodupe, Piero Ugliengo
      Pages 345-362
    8. Robert B. Sheldon
      Pages 363-389
  4. The Role of Symmetry, Information and Order in the Origin of Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 413-413
    2. Ernesto Di Mauro, A. Keith Dunker, Edward N. Trifonov
      Pages 415-435
    3. B. Roy Frieden, Robert A. Gatenby
      Pages 437-468
    4. Thomas Jakschitz, Daniel Fitz, Bernd Michael Rode
      Pages 469-489
  5. Panspermia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 547-547
    2. Richard Gordon, Jesse C. Mcnichol
      Pages 549-590
    3. Jesse C. Mcnichol, Richard Gordon
      Pages 591-619
    4. Chandra Wickramasinghe
      Pages 621-649
  6. The First Steps of Cellular Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 651-651
    2. Cristina Del Bianco, Sheref S. Mansy
      Pages 709-722
    3. Luísa Pereira, Telma Rodrigues, Francisco Carrapiço
      Pages 723-742
    4. Saša Svetina
      Pages 757-773
    5. Jack T. Trevors, Asim K. Bej, Jan Dirk van Elsas
      Pages 775-795
  7. The Distribution of Life in the Solar System and Elsewhere in the Cosmos

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 797-797
    2. Charles H. Lineweaver, Aditya Chopra
      Pages 799-815
    3. François Raulin
      Pages 817-833
    4. John A. Raven, Charles S. Cockell, Lisa Kaltenegger
      Pages 835-857

About this book


This book deals with the Origin of Life on Earth and planets, which is currently a very “hot” topic dealt with at several international meetings, conferences and workshops by various societies and groups. The current volume is number 22 of the “Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology” series (COLE) published by Springer. The contributors review new data in this field, following current studies from gene and molecular to macro levels. The extremophiles – microorganisms living at the edge of Life under very severe conditions (from our anthropocentric view point) - may point out possibilities of existing Life forms on other planets and satellites.  

In eight sections and fifty chapters, the seventy-five authors cover subjects such as chemical evolution, the function of geophysics in Life’s origin, the first steps of cellular evolution, Panspermia (the theory claiming that the source of Life is not from Earth but from Outer Space), possibility of extraterrestrial Life (Astrobiology), and the history of origin of Life on Earth and beyond.  

This up-to-date book complements volume 6 (Origin Genesis, Evolution and Diversity of Life (2004) in the COLE series (ISBN: 978-1-4020-1813-8) published by Kluwer Academic Publishers.  

Professor D. Deamer ends his Introduction with these words: Future progress in understanding the origin of life will involve simulations of prebiotic conditions that take this complexity into account. Some of the chapters in this book focus on specific aspects of the chemical and physical processes that would be involved in life's origins, while others incorporate increments in complexity such as mineral surfaces and compartments. In a sense, each chapter represents a piece of a puzzle, and readers who take the time to read all the chapters may see unexpected patterns emerge that will give clues to solving the puzzle. 

The primary audience for this book are general biologists, geologists, geneticists, astrobiologists and astrophysicists, and advance undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and teachers in those fields.


Astrobiology Cellular Evolution History of Life beginning Origins Panspermia

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph Seckbach
    • 1
  1. 1.University of JerusalemEfratIsrael

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-2940-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-2941-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0400
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