New York: Springer, 2006. — 714 p.Contents:Preface Foreword Brief Introduction Acknowledgements List of Authors and their Addresses Biodiversity and Extremophiles The Extremophiles: Diversity of Life Environments Prokaryotic Life The Algae–Diverse Life Forms and Global Importance Fungal Lives Life in Saline and Hypersaline Environments Thermophilic Communities as Autonomous Ecosystems Life in Ice Life under Pressure: Deep-Sea Microbial Ecology The Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe Early Precursors of Life in the Solar Nebula Is Life on Earth Accidental? Natural Selection and the Second Law of Thermodynamics From the Minimal Genome to the Minimal Cell: Theoretical and Experimental Investigations Numerical Analysis of Biocomplexity Hepatitis B Virus Conjectures on Human Interactions and Origin of Life The Record of Early Life: In Search of Biosignatures Ground Truth: The Epistemology of Searching for the Earliest Life on Earth Eukaryogenesis: The Origin of the Eukaryotes Symbiotic: Forms of Life Symbiosis: The Way of All Life Can There be a Limit on the Complexity of Life? Evolution of Intelligence The Destiny of Life in the Universe Searching Other Worlds for Life as We Know It The Role of Comets and Meteorites in the Origin of Life Astronomical Constraints for Life on Terrestrial Planets Prerequisites for the Evolution of Life on Exoplanets Life as an Unfolding Biocosmos We Have Not Detected Extraterrestrial Life, Or Have We? The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence An Alternative Method for the Scientific Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life: The "Local SETI" Destinies of the Universe and Life: The Final Frontiers of Cosmology and Astrobiology Destiny of Life and Religious Attitudes Artificial Life Life in the Universe: Philosophical and Theological Issues Consciousness Afterlife in Moshe Maimondes's thought Science and Religion: Some Suggestions for Conceptual Harmonizing Constraints Understanding the Nature of Life: A Matter of Definition or Theory? "And You Shall Choose Life" When Form Outlasts Its Medium: A Definition of Life Integrating Platonism and Thermodynamics Epistemological Pluralism: Realities as Species-Specific Interpretations of the Material World Temperature Gradients as a Major Impetus: Driving Prebiotic Evolution Life during Clinical Death: The "Near Death Experience" Phenomenon Beauty in Nature All Things Bright and Beautiful: The Hidden Cosmos of Microscopic Planktonic Algae Life and Sports: Musings of a Pro Athlete Artificial Life: From Life-As-We-Know-It to Life-As It-Could Be Life-Cycles of Life What Do We Call Life? A Brief Outlook on Life
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