Between Necessity and Probability Searching for the Definition and Origin of Life

Between Necessity and Probability  Searching for the Definition and Origin of Life

Systematically explores the early origins and basic definition of life.

Author: Radu Popa

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540204903

Category: Science

Page: 252

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Systematically explores the early origins and basic definition of life. 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.’ Treats and views life as a cosmic phenomenon whose emergence and driving force should be viewed independently from its Earth-bound natural history. 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
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Handbook of Astrobiology

Handbook of Astrobiology

Between Necessity and Probability: Searching for the Definition and Origin of Life, pp. 197–205. New York: Springer. This book has biographical information for the citations of the definitions of life. Popa, R. 2010.

Author: Vera M. Kolb

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781351661102

Category: Science

Page: 846

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Read an exclusive interview with Professor Vera Kolb here. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life on Earth. This exciting and significant field of research also investigates the potential existence and search for extra-terrestrial life in the Solar System and beyond. This is the first handbook in this burgeoning and interdisciplinary field. Edited by Vera Kolb, a highly respected astrobiologist, this comprehensive resource captures the history and current state of the field. Rich in information and easy to use, it assumes basic knowledge and provides answers to questions from practitioners and specialists in the field, as well as providing key references for further study. Features: Fills an important gap in the market, providing a comprehensive overview of the field Edited by an authority in the subject, with chapters written by experts in the many diverse areas that comprise astrobiology Contains in-depth and broad coverage of an exciting field that will only grow in importance in the decades ahead
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Creating Life in the Lab

Creating Life in the Lab

Seth Borenstein, “Artificial Life Likely in 3 to 10 Years,” AP News (August 20, 2007), ... 61; quoted in Radu Popa, Between Necessity and Probability: Searching for the Definition and Origin of Life (Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2004), 201.

Author: Fazale Rana

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441214585

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Each year brings to light new scientific discoveries that have the power to either test our faith or strengthen it--most recently the news that scientists have created artificial life forms in the laboratory. If humans can create life, what does that mean for the creation story found in Scripture? Biochemist and Christian apologist Fazale Rana, for one, isn't worried. In Creating Life in the Lab, he details the fascinating quest for synthetic life and argues convincingly that when scientists succeed in creating life in the lab, they will unwittingly undermine the evolutionary explanation for the origin of life, demonstrating instead that undirected chemical processes cannot produce a living entity.
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The Evolutionary Origins of Life and Death

The Evolutionary Origins of Life and Death

The nature of necessity. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Popa, R. 2004. Between necessity and probability: searching for the definition and origin of life. Berlin, Germany: Springer- Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Author: Pierre M. Durand

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226747934

Category: Science

Page: 232

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The question of why an individual would actively kill itself has long been an evolutionary mystery. Pierre M. Durand’s ambitious book answers this question through close inspection of life and death in the earliest cellular life. As Durand shows us, cell death is a fascinating lens through which to examine the interconnectedness, in evolutionary terms, of life and death. It is a truism to note that one does not exist without the other, but just how does this play out in evolutionary history? These two processes have been studied from philosophical, theoretical, experimental, and genomic angles, but no one has yet integrated the information from these various disciplines. In this work, Durand synthesizes cellular studies of life and death looking at the origin of life and the evolutionary significance of programmed cellular death. The exciting and unexpected outcome of Durand’s analysis is the realization that life and death exhibit features of coevolution. The evolution of more complex cellular life depended on the coadaptation between traits that promote life and those that promote death. In an ironic twist, it becomes clear that, in many circumstances, programmed cell death is essential for sustaining life.
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In Search of Cell History

In Search of Cell History

Evaluating hypotheses for the origin of eukaryotes. BioEssays 29:74–84. Popa, R. 2004. Between necessity and probability: searching for the definition and origin of life. New York: Springer Verlag. Powner, M. W., Gerland, B., ...

Author: Franklin M. Harold

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226174280

Category: Science

Page: 303

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The origin of cells remains one of the most fundamental problems in biology, one that over the past two decades has spawned a large body of research and debate. In this book, the author offers a comprehensive, impartial take on that research and the controversies that keep the field in turmoil.
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Young Sun Early Earth and the Origins of Life

Young Sun  Early Earth and the Origins of Life

Life on a young planet; The first three billion years of evolution on Earth. Princeton University Press, Princeton, ... Between Necessity and Probability:Searching for the Definition and Origin of Life. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg ...

Author: Muriel Gargaud

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783642225529

Category: Science

Page: 301

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- How did the Sun come into existence? - How was the Earth formed? - How long has Earth been the way it is now, with its combination of oceans and continents? - How do you define “life”? - How did the first life forms emerge? - What conditions made it possible for living things to evolve? All these questions are answered in this colourful textbook addressing undergraduate students in "Origins of Life" courses and the scientifically interested public. The authors take the reader on an amazing voyage through time, beginning five thousand million years ago in a cloud of interstellar dust and ending five hundred million years ago, when the living world that we see today was finally formed. A chapter on exoplanets provides an overview of the search for planets outside the solar system, especially for habitable ones. The appendix closes the book with a glossary, a bibliography of further readings and a summary of the Origins of the Earth and life in fourteen boxes.
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The Emergence of Life

The Emergence of Life

The Origin of Life. Penguin Science. Ganti, T. (2003). The Principles of Life. Oxford University Press. Popa, R. (2004). Between Necessity and Probability: Searching for the Definition and Origin of Life. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Author: Pier Luigi Luisi

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316571668

Category: Science

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Addressing the emergence of life from a systems biology perspective, this new edition has undergone extensive revision, reflecting changes in scientific understanding and evolution of thought on the question 'what is life?'. With an emphasis on the philosophical aspects of science, including the epistemic features of modern synthetic biology, and also providing an updated view of the autopoiesis/cognition theory, the book gives an exhaustive treatment of the biophysical properties of vesicles, seen as the beginning of the 'road map' to the minimal cell - a road map which will develop into the question of whether and to what extent synthetic biology will be capable of making minimal life in the laboratory. Fully illustrated, accessibly written, directly challenging the reader with provocative questions, offering suggestions for research proposals, and including dialogues with contemporary authors such as Humberto Maturana, Albert Eschenmoser and Harold Morowitz, this is an ideal resource for researchers and students across fields including bioengineering, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, chemistry and chemical engineering.
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The Future of Life and the Future of our Civilization

The Future of Life and the Future of our Civilization

Messerotti, M., and Lundstedt, H. (2004) What is next in Solar Weather Monitoring, Modeling and Forecasting? in First ... R. (2004b) Energy and Life, in Between Necessity and Probability: Searching for the Definition and Origin of Life, ...

Author: Vladimir Burdyuzha

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402049682

Category: Medical

Page: 495

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This book covers the proceedings of "The Future of Life and the Future of our Civilization" symposium, held in Frankfurt, Germany in May 2005.
Categories: Medical

Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology

Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology

Popa R (2004) Between necessity and probability: searching for the definition and origin of life. Berlin: Springer. Potter S (2018) NASA finds ancient organic material, mysterious methane on Mars [NASA press release].

Author: Kelly C. Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190915650

Category: Science

Page: 328

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"This book focuses on the emerging scientific discipline of astrobiology, exploring the humanistic issues of this multidisciplinary field. To be sure, there are myriad scientific questions that astrobiologists have only begun to address. However, this is not a purely scientific enterprise. More research on the broader social and conceptual aspects of astrobiology is needed. Just what are our ethical obligations towards different sorts of alien life? Should we attempt to communicate with life beyond our planet? What is "life" in the most general sense? The current volume addresses these questions by looking at different perspectives from philosophers, historians, theologians, social scientists, and legal scholars. It sets a benchmark for future work in astrobiology, giving readers the groundwork from which to base the continuous scholarship coming from this ever-growing scientific field"--
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Genesis In The Beginning

Genesis   In The Beginning

Science 117:528–529 Popa R (2004) Between necessity and probability: searching for the definition and origin of life. Springer, Berlin Prigogine I, Stengers I (1984) Order out of chaos: man's new dialogue with nature.

Author: Joseph Seckbach

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789400729407

Category: Science

Page: 934

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Genesis – In The Beginning deals with the origin and diversity of Life and early biological evolution and discusses the question of where (hot or cold sources) and when the beginning of Life took place. Among the sections are chapters dealing with prebiotic chemical processes and considering self-replication of polymers in mineral habitats. One chapter is dedicated to the photobiological regime on early Earth and the emergence of Life. This volume covers the role of symmetry, information and order (homochrial biomolecules) in the beginning of Life. The models of protocells and the genetic code with gene transfer are important topics in this volume. Three chapters discuss the Panspermia hypothesis (to answer “Are we from outer Space?”). Other chapters cover the Astrobiological aspects of Life in the Universe in extraterrestrial Planets of the Solar System and deal with cometary hydrosphere (and its connection to Earth). We conclude with the history and frontiers of Astrobiogy.
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