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Publisher Comments:

Compiled by a team of experts, this textbook has been designed for elementary university courses in astrobiology. It begins with an examination of how life may have arisen on Earth and then reviews the evidence for possible life on Mars, Europa and Titan. The potential for life in exoplanetary systems and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence are also discussed. The text contains numerous useful learning features such as boxed summaries, student exercises with full solutions, and a glossary of terms. It is also supported by a website hosting further teaching materials. Written in an accessible style that avoids complex mathematics, this book is suitable for self-study and will appeal to amateur enthusiasts as well as undergraduate students. It contains numerous helpful learning features such as boxed summaries, student exercises with full solutions, and a glossary of terms. The book is also supported by a webstite hosting further teaching materials.

Book News Annotation:

This text provides an introduction to the new science of astrobiology, which deals with the origins of life on Earth and the possible evolution of life elsewhere in the universe. The text begins with an examination of how life may have arisen on Earth, then looks at evidence for possible life, even intelligent life, in our solar system and beyond. With color photos, questions and explained answers, and a glossary, the text will appeal to undergraduates with little mathematical background, as well as amateur enthusiasts. Conway is affiliated with Glasgow University, UK. Gilmour and Sephton are affiliated with The Open University, UK.
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Synopsis:

An elementary university text about life in the universe for introductory courses in astrobiology.

Synopsis:

Designed for elementary university courses in astrobiology, this textbook starts by looking at the origin of life on Earth before reviewing the evidence for possible life on Mars, Europa and Titan. The potential for life in exoplanetary systems and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence are also discussed.

Synopsis:

An elementary university text about life in the universe for introductory courses in astrobiology.

Table of Contents

1. Origin of life; 2. A habitable world; 3. Mars; 4. Icy bodies: Europa and elsewhere; 5. Titan; 6. The detection of exoplanets; 7. The nature of exoplanetary systems; 8. How to find life on exoplanets; 9. Extraterrestrial intelligence; Answers and comments; Appendix A. Useful planetary data; Appendix B. Selected physical constants and unit conversions; Glossary; Acknowledgements; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521546218
Editor:
Gilmour
Editor:
Sephton, Mark A.
Editor:
Gilmour, Iain
Editor:
Gilmour
Editor:
Sephton, Mark A.
Author:
Sephton, Mark A.
Author:
Gilmour, Iain
Author:
Gilmour
Editor:
Gilmour, Iain
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
29 b/w illus. 173 colour illus. 46 table
Pages:
364
Dimensions:
10.30x8.28x.82 in. 2.62 lbs.

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Astronomy » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Evolution
Science and Mathematics » Biology » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Origin of Life
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"Synopsis" by , An elementary university text about life in the universe for introductory courses in astrobiology.
"Synopsis" by , Designed for elementary university courses in astrobiology, this textbook starts by looking at the origin of life on Earth before reviewing the evidence for possible life on Mars, Europa and Titan. The potential for life in exoplanetary systems and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence are also discussed.
"Synopsis" by , An elementary university text about life in the universe for introductory courses in astrobiology.
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