Advertisement

How Could Life Have Originated?

  • Bernd-Olaf KüppersEmail author
Chapter
Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Abstract

How did life originate? Did life require a divine plan, or could it simply arise by chance? Do the known laws of physics and chemistry suffice to explain the origin of life?

References

  1. 1.
    Bohr, N.: Light and life. Nature 131, 421–423 (1933)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Butler, P.J.G., Klug, A.: The assembly of a virus. Sci. Am. 239(5), 62–69 (1978)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Calvin, M.: Chemical Evolution. Clarendon Press, Oxford (1969)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Chaitin, G.: On the length of programs for computing finite binary binary sequences. J. Assoc. Comput. Mach. 13, 547–569 (1966)MathSciNetCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Chaitin, G.: Information, Randomness & Incompleteness. World Scientific, Singapur (1987)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Conway Morris, S.: Life’s Solution. Cambridge (2003)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Drake, F., Sobel, D.: Is Anyone Out There? Delacorte Press, New York (1992)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Eigen, M.: Self-oganization of matter and the evolution of biological macromolecules. The Science of Nature (Naturwissenschaften) 58, 465–523 (1971)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Eigen, M., Schuster, P.: The Hypercycle. Springer, Heidelberg (1979)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Eigen, M.: From Strange Simplicity to Complex Familiarity. Oxford University Press, Oxford (2013)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Fiers, W. et al.: Complete nucleotide sequence of bacteriophage MS2 RNA: primary and secondary structure of the replicase gene. Nature 260, 500–507 (1976)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Fraenkel-Conrat, H., Williams, R.C.: Reconstitution of active Tobacco Mosaic Virus from its inactive protein and nucleic acid components. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 41(10), 690–698 (1955)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. 13.
    Haldane, J.B.S.: The origin of life. Ration. Annu. 148, 3–10 (1929)Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Hoyle, F., Wickramasinghe, C.: Evolution from Space. Simon & Schuster, New York (1981)zbMATHGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    Kolmogorov, A.N.: Three approaches to the quantitative definition of information. Probl. Inf. Trans. 1, 1–7 (1965)Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Küppers, B.-O.: Towards an experimental analysis of molecular selforganization and precellular Darwinian evolution. The Science of Nature (Naturwissenschaften) 66, 228–243 (1979)Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Küppers, B.-O.: Information and the Origin of Life. MIT Press, Cambridge/Mass. (1990). [Original: Der Ursprung biologischer Information, 1986]Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Küppers, B.-O.: Elements of a semantic code. In: Küppers, B.-O. et al. (eds.): Evolution of Semantic Systems, pp. 67–85. Springer, Heidelberg (2013)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. 19.
    Küppers, B.-O.: The nucleation of semantic information in prebiotic matter. In: Domingo, E., Schuster, P. (eds.): Quasispecies: From Theory to Experimental Systems, pp. 23–42. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland (2016)Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    Miller, S.L.: Production of amino acids under possible primitive earth conditions. Science 117(3046), 528–529 (1953)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. 21.
    Mills, D.R., Peterson, R.L,.Spiegelman, S. (1967). An extracellular Darwinian experiment with a self-duplicating nucleic acid molecule. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 58, 217–224 (1967)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. 22.
    Monod, J.: Chance and Necessity. Vintage, New York (1971). [Original: Le Hasard et la Nécessité, 1970]Google Scholar
  23. 23.
    Oparin, A.I.: The Origin of Life on the Earth. Academic Press, New York (1957). [Original: Proiskhozhedenie Zhizni, 1924]Google Scholar
  24. 24.
    Solomonoff, R.J.: A formal theory of inductive inference. Information and Control 7, Part I, 1–22; Part II, 224–254 (1964)Google Scholar
  25. 25.
    Weizsäcker, C. F. von: Foreword to Küppers, B.-O.: Information and the Origin of Life, pp. xi–xv. MIT Press, Cambridge/Mass. (1990). [Original: Küppers, B.-O.: Der Ursprung biologischer Information, 1986]Google Scholar
  26. 26.
    Weizsäcker, C.F. von: The Structure of Physics. Springer, Heidelberg (2006). [Original: Aufbau der Physik, 1985]Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MunichGermany

Personalised recommendations