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Astronomical Origins of Life

Steps Towards Panspermia

Authors: Hoyle, B., Wickramasinghe, N.C.

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Living material contains about twenty different sorts of atom combined into a set of relatively simple molecules. Astrobiologists tend to believe that abiotic mater­ ial will give rise to life in any place where these molecules exist in appreciable abundances and where physical conditions approximate to those occurring here on Earth. We think this popular view is wrong, for it is not the existence of the building blocks of life that is crucial but the exceedingly complicated structures in which they are arranged in living forms. The probability of arriving at biologically significant arrangements is so very small that only by calling on the resources of the whole universe does there seem to be any possibility of life originating, a conclusion that requires life on the Earth to be a minute component of a universal system. Some think that the hugely improbable transition from non-living to living mat­ ter can be achieved by dividing the transition into many small steps, calling on a so-called 'evolutionary' process to bridge the small steps one by one. This claim turns on semantic arguments which seek to replace the probability for the whole chain by the sum of the individual probabilities of the many steps, instead of by their product. This is an error well known to those bookies who are accustomed to taking bets on the stacking of horse races. But we did not begin our investigation from this point of view.

Table of contents (44 chapters)

  • Panspermia 2000

    Hoyle, F. (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • On a Possibly Fundamental Principle in Chemistry as Viewed in a Cosmogonic Context

    Hoyle, F. (et al.)

    Pages 21-31

  • Biological Activity in the Early Solar System in its Outer Regions

    Hoyle, F. (et al.)

    Pages 33-41

  • An Object within a Particle of Extraterrestrial Origin Compared with an Object of Presumed Terrestrial Origin

    Hoyle, F. (et al.)

    Pages 43-44

  • The Viability with Respect to Temperature of Micro-Organisms Incident on the Earth’s Atmosphere

    Hoyle, F. (et al.)

    Pages 45-50

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Astronomical Origins of Life
Book Subtitle
Steps Towards Panspermia
Authors
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-4297-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-4297-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-6081-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-5862-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 381
Additional Information
Reprinted from ASTROPHYSICS AND SPACE SCIENCE, 268:1-3
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