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Introduction to Astrobiology

Introduction to Astrobiology - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521546218

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ISBN10: 0521546214
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2003
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Introduction to Astrobiology - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521546218

Iain Ed. Gilmore

ISBN13: 978-0521546218
ISBN10: 0521546214
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

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.

  • Written by a team of experts in an accessible style that avoids complex mathematics, and illustrated in colour throughout
  • Contains numerous pedagogical features including boxed summaries, brief biographies of pioneering astronomers, bulleted questions and answers throughout, over 60 exercises with full solutions, and a glossary of terms
  • Supported by a website hosting additional teaching materials including illustrations, further exercises and links to other Internet resources

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.

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