The Quest for a Universal Theory of Life

- Searching for Life As We Don't Know It (Series Number 11: The Quest for a Universal Theory of Life: Searching for Life As We Don't Know It)

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The Quest for a Universal Theory of Life
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Bog, hardback
Udgivelsesdato:
12-09-2019
Sprog:
Engelsk
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Integrating both scientific and philosophical perspectives, this book provides an informed analysis of the challenges of formulating a universal theory of life. Among the issues discussed are crucial differences between definitions and scientific theories and, in the context of examples from the history of science, how successful general theories develop. The central problem discussed is two-fold: first, our understanding of life is still tacitly wedded to an antiquated Aristotelian framework for biology; and second, there are compelling reasons for considering that familiar Earth life, which descends from a last universal common ancestor, is unrepresentative. What is needed are examples of life as we don't know it. Potential sources are evaluated, including artificial life, extraterrestrial life, and a shadow biosphere right here on Earth, and a novel strategy for searching for unfamiliar life in the absence of a definition or general theory is developed. The book is a valuable resource for graduate students and researchers studying the nature, origins, and extent of life in the universe.

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Udgivelsesdato:
12-09-2019
ISBN13:
9780521873246
Vægt:
610 g
Dybde:
19 mm
Bredde:
178 mm
Højde:
253 mm
Format:
Hardback
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    Explores the nature, origin, and extent of life in the universe from both scientific and philosophical perspectives, focusing particularly on the challenge of formulating a universal theory of life in relation to the search for extraterrestrial life. It is a valuable resource for those studying astrobiology and the origins of life. Worked examples or Exercises

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