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Concerns the origin, evolution, distribution, and destiny of life in the Universe. Over one hundred leading scientists have reviewed the entire range of subjects dealt with in these sixty-nine papers.
to Girodano Bruno. Preface. Group Photograph. Special Evening Lecture. Peptide Nucleic Acids as a Possible Primordial Genetic Polymer; K.E. Nelson. The Abdus Salam Lecture. Physics and Life; P. Davies. The Cyril Ponnamperuma Lecture. Solution to Darwin's Dilemma: Discovery of the Missing Precambrian Record of Life; J.W. Schopf. Opening Lecture. Europa: Prospects for an Ocean and Life; C.B. Phillips and C.F. Chyba. Section 1: Historical Aspects. Sidney Walter Fox; The Father of Thermal Proteins and Protocells Therefrom; A. Pappelis, et al. Theories on Origins of Life Between 1860 and 1900 The Spontaneous Generation Controversy Years Post Darwin and Pasteur's Works; F. Raulin-Cerceau. Reminiscentes-Point-A-Mousson-1970 to Trieste-2000; M.S. Chadha. Section 2: The origin of Life in the Universe. Materials for `First Steps' in Evolution; A.G. Cairns-Smith. Contributions. Section 3: Possible Sources of Life's Origins. Cometary Molecules and Life's Origin; J. Oro. When and How Quickly did Life Emerge on Earth? J.M. Greenberg. Contributions. Section 4: Life Without Starlight. Tetra- and Nonapeptidyl Motifs in the Origin and Evolution of Photosynthetic Bioenergy Conversion; H. Baltscheffsky, et al. Geochemical Habitats in Hydrothermal Systems; E. Shock. Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents: An Example of Extreme Environment on Earth; D.M. Prieur. Contributions. Section 5: Evolution on Life in the Universe. Geological and Geochronological Constraints for the Age of the Oldest Putative Biomarkers in the Early Archaean Rocks of West Greenland; S. Moorbath. The Cenancestor and its Contemporary Biological Relics: The Case of Nucleic Acid Polymerases; L. Delaye, et al. Likelihood of Transport of Life Between the Planets of our Solar System; G. Horneck. Contributions. Section 6: Is There Indigenous Organic Material on Mars? The Search for a Second Genesis of Life in our Solar System; C.P. McKay. Ancient Life on Mars and Earth; J. William Schopf. Search for Life on Mars: The Mars Express Beagle-2 Lander; A. Brack. Contributions. Section 7: The search for Prebiotic and Biological Indicators in the Satellites of the Outer Solar System. The Satellites of Saturn; T. Owen. Titan: Exobiology and the Cassini-Huygens Mission; F. Raulin, et al. Contributions. Section 8: New Approaches to the Detection of Extraterrestrial Life and Intelligent Radio Signals. Ways to Detect Life on New Planets; M. Ollivier. Searching for Water in Exoplanets; C.B. Cosmovici. The Saha Crater Radioastronomic and Seti Observatory Set-Up of the Data Link; G. Genta. Contributions. Section 9: Deeper Implications of the Detection of Extraterrestrial Life. Origins and Creation; G.V. Doyne S.J. Life in the Universe: Philosophical and Theological Issues; R.J. Russell. Implications of Possible Biological Evolution Outside Habitable Zones in Solar Systems; J. Chela-Flores. Section 10: Recent Improvements in the Infrastructure for the Study of the First Steps in the Origin of Life in the Universe. Cosmopark - A Natural Astronomical Observatory; J. Oro, X. Palau. Spanish Photographic Meteor Network: An Interdisciplinary Crosslink; J.M. Trigo-Rodriguez, et al. Pre-dinner Speaker. New Paradigms for Seti; F. Drake. Closing Lecture. The Plurality of Worlds; F. Bertola. Author Index. Subject Index. List of Participants.
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