Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Popa Radu
    Pages 1-14
  3. Popa Radu
    Pages 15-37
  4. Popa Radu
    Pages 81-94
  5. Popa Radu
    Pages 95-120
  6. Popa Radu
    Pages 121-137
  7. Popa Radu
    Pages 139-158
  8. Popa Radu
    Pages 173-195
  9. Popa Radu
    Pages 207-223
  10. Popa Radu
    Pages 225-226
  11. Back Matter

About this book


This study investigates the major theories of the origins of life in light of modern research with the aim of distinguishing between the necessary and the optional and between deterministic and random influences in the emergence of what we call ‘life.’ Life is treated as a cosmic phenomenon whose emergence and driving force should be viewed independently from its Earth-bound natural history. The author synthesizes all the fundamental life-related developments in a comprehensive scenario, and makes the argument that understanding life in its broadest context requires a material-independent perspective that identifies its essential fingerprints.


astrobiology biocomplexity bioinformation early life exobiology metabolism origin of life the origin

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-20490-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-39955-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1610-8957
  • Series Online ISSN 1613-1851
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