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Life in the Universe

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Publisher Comments:

Key Message: Life in the Universe takes readers on a journey through the solar system and beyond, using a rigorous yet accessible introduction to astronomy, biology, chemistry, and geology to explain natural phenomena and explore unanswered scientific questions. The Second Edition has been thoroughly revised to include updated scientific discoveries, optional quantitative coverage, an enhanced illustration program, and expanded coverage of the solar system and stellar material. Key Topics: Introducing Life in the Universe:  A Universe of Life?, The Science of Life in the Universe, The Universal Context of Life. Life on Earth: The Habitability of Earth, The Nature of Life on Earth, The Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth. Life in the Solar System: Searching for Life in Our Solar System, Mars, Life on Jovian Moons, The Nature and Evolution of Habitability.   Life Among the Stars: Habitability Outside the Solar System, The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Interstellar Travel and the Fermi Paradox. Epilogue: Contact – Implications of the Search and Discovery Market: For all readers interested in a rigorous yet accessible introduction to astronomy, biology, chemistry, and geology, while exploring fundamental pan-scientific questions such as: How did life begin on Earth? What are the most extreme forms of life currently known? What are the challenges of trying to colonize another planet?

 

Book News Annotation:

Suitable for both science and non-science majors, this textbook introduces undergraduates to the emerging interdisciplinary field of astrobiology. Following a general introduction to the subject, early chapters describe the origin and evolution of life on earth. The next section deals with the search for life within our solar system while the final section discusses the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the farther reaches of space.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Suitable for both science and non-science majors, this textbook introduces undergraduates to the emerging interdisciplinary field of astrobiology. Following a general introduction to the subject, early chapters describe the origin and evolution of life on earth. The next section deals with the search for life within our solar system while the final section discusses the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the farther reaches of space. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Table of Contents

I.  Introducing Life in the Universe

1. A Universe of Life?

2. The Science of Life in the Universe

3. The Universal Context of Life

II. Life on Earth

3. The Habitability of Earth

4. The Nature of Life on Earth

5. The Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth

III. Life in the Solar System

6. Searching for Life in Our Solar System

7. Mars

8. Life on Jovian Moons

9. The Nature and Evolution of Habitability

IV. Life Among the Stars

10. Habitability Outside the Solar System

11. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

12. Interstellar Travel and the Fermi Paradox

Epilogue: Contact — Implications of the Search and Discovery

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805347531
Publisher:
Benjamin Cummings
Subject:
Life
Author:
Jakosky, Bruce
Author:
Offerdahl, Erika
Author:
Bennett, Jeffrey O.
Author:
Slater, Timothy F.
Author:
Shostak, Seth
Author:
Bennett, Jeffrey
Author:
Prather, Edward E.
Subject:
Exobiology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Life -- Origin.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
10.84x9.62x.69 in. 2.82 lbs.

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