1st Edition

Origins of Life
Musings from Nuclear Physics, Astrophysics and Astrobiology

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ISBN 9781032010571
November 10, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
344 Pages 29 Color & 90 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The primary purpose of this book is to prepare the ground for coordinated efforts aiming to answer the question: where and when life originated. The appearance of life involves three successive stages: i) the formation of chemical elements and their combination to simple molecules, which is the concern of physicists; ii) the evolution of organized complexity in biomolecules and their reactions, which falls within the field of chemistry; iii) the onset of Darwinian evolution after the appearance of the first cell-like structure, which is studied by biologists. This book focuses on the first two steps of this process with chapters exploring topics such as chemical element abundances; galaxies, galactic magnetic fields and cosmic rays; galactic chemical evolution.

Key Features:

  • Contains extensive lists of reference and additional reading.
  • Includes new hypotheses concerning the origin of life.
  • Combines consideration from nuclear physics, astrophysics, astro- and geochemistry.

Despite its interdisciplinary nature, this book remains accessible to nonexperts, and would be a valuable companion for both experts and laypeople.

Table of Contents

1. Chemical element abundances 2. Galaxies, galactic magnetic fields and cosmic rays 3. Galactic chemical evolution 4. Living matter 5. Time and place of the origin of life 6. Multiverse cosmological models and anthropic principle chapter 7. Open problems – laboratory experiments

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Dr. Vladivoj (Vlado) Valkovic, a retired professor of physics, is a fellow of American Physical Society and Institute of Physics (London). He authored 22 books (from TRACE ELEMENTS (Taylor and Francis, Ltd., 1975) to RADIOACTIVITY in the ENVIRONMENT (Elsevier, 1 st Edition 2001, 2nd Edition 2019), and more than 400 scientific and technical papers in the research areas of nuclear physics, applications of nuclear techniques to trace element analysis in biology, medicine, environmental research. He has a life long experience in the study of nuclear reactions induced by 14 MeV neutrons. This research has been done through coordination and works on many national and international projects, including US-Croatia bilateral, NATO, IAEA, EU-FP5, FP6, and FP7 projects.

He has worked as a professor of physics at Rice University, Houston, Texas; at IAEA, Vienna, Austria, as a Head of Physics-Chemistry-Instrumentation Laboratory; at the Institute Ruder Boskovic, Zagreb, Croatia, as Laboratory head and scientific advisor.