By J. Oró, S. L. Miller, C. Ponnamperuma, R. S. Young (auth.), J. Oró, S. L. Miller, C. Ponnamperuma, R. S. Young (eds.)

This book, in volumes, comprises many of the clinical papers awarded on the first assembly of the foreign Society for the learn of the foundation of existence (ISSOL), hung on June 25-28, 1973 in Barcelona, Spain. the 1st quantity comprises the invited articles and the second one quantity the contributed papers, which additionally look within the 1974 and 1975 matters, respectively, of the recent magazine Origins of existence, released through D. Reidel. a comparatively huge variety of conferences with reference to the beginning of existence were held somewhere else in view that 1957. by way of its association, scope, and quantity and nationality of contributors, the convention celebrated final yr in Barcelona heavily the 3 overseas meetings held past in Moscow, U.S.S.R., 1957, Wakulla Springs, united states of america, 1963, and Pont-a-Mousson, France, 1970. accordingly the 1st ISSOL assembly used to be additionally named the Ath foreign convention at the beginning of Life.

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It is suspected that dust clouds in the Galaxy are prime sites for the formation of stars and planets. But precisely because there is a great amount of dust in these clouds, we are unable to see this process take place. However mm wavelength line observations along with infrared measurements are beginning to give us a picture of how a star is formed. The map of Orion in HCN and H 2CO shows several protostars in the process of condensing (Figure 3). The molecular hydrogen density necessary to excite these lines is 10 6 molecules cc -1.

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