Summary: Life in the Universe takes non-science majors 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 to explore profound scientific questions about astrobiology. The Third Edition has been thoroughly revised to include updated scientific discoveries, new Cosmic Context two-page spreads, and an updated Companion Website. Designed for astrobiology cour
ses but also suitable for introductory astronomy courses, Life in the Universe captures your imagination by exploring fundamental pan-scientific questions: What is life? How did life begin on Earth? What are the most extreme forms of life currently known? Is it reasonable to imagine life beyond Earth? The text motivates you to develop basic reasoning skills and an understanding of the process of science through skillful writing and a wealth of pedagogical features, such as Learning Goals that keep you focused on key concepts. Sidebars provide optional mathematical material for courses that fulfill quantitative requirements.
Summary: Life in the Universe takes non-science majors 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 to explore profound scientific questions about astrobiology. The Third Edition has been thoroughly revised to include updated scientific discoveries, new Cosmic Context two-page spreads, and an updated Companion Website. Designed for astrobiology courses but also suitable for introductory astronomy courses, Life in the Universe captures your imagination by exploring fundamental pan-scientific questions: What is life? How did life begin on Earth? What are the most extreme forms of life currently known? Is it reasonable to imagine life beyond Earth? The text motivates you to develop basic reasoning skills and an understanding of the process of science through skillful writing and a wealth of pedagogical features, such as Learning Goals that keep you focused on key concepts. Sidebars provide optional mathematical material for courses that fulfill quantitative requirements. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:3RD 12 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Addison-Wesley Longman, Inc. Published: 01/19/2011 International: No
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Introducing Life in the Universe 1 A Universe of Life? 1 Learning Goals 1 The Possibility of Life Beyond Earth 2 The Scientific Context of the Search 4 Places to Search 8 The New Science of Astrobiology 11 The Big Picture 12 Summary of Key Concepts 13 Review Questions 14 Quick Quiz 14 Discussion Questions 15 Web Projects 15 The Science of Life in the Universe 16 Learning Goals 16 The Ancient Debate About Life Beyond Earth 17 The Copernican Revolution 25 The Nature of Modern Science 33 The Process of Science in Action: Understanding Gravity 39 The Big Picture 42 Summary of Key Concepts 43 Review Questions 44 Test Your Understanding 45 Quick Quiz 45 Short-Answer/Essay Questions 45 Quantitative Problems 46 Discussion Questions 47 Web Projects 47 The Universal Context of Life 48 Learning Goals 48 The Universe and Life 49 The Structure, Scale, and History of the Universe 51 The Nature of Worlds 70 A Universe of Matter and Energy 80 The Process of Science in Action: Changing Ideas About the Formation of the Solar System 88 The Big Picture 93 Summary of Key Concepts 94 Review Questions 95 Test Your Understanding 96 Quick Quiz 96 Short-Answer/Essay Questions 97 Quantitative Problems 97 Discussion Questions 98 Web Projects 98 Life on Earth The Habitability of Earth 99 Learning Goals 99 Geology and Life 100 Reconstructing the History of Earth and Life 102 The Hadean Earth and the Dawn of Life 116 Geology and Habitability 120 Climate Regulation and Change 132 The Process of Science in Action: Formation of the Moon 139 The Big Picture 143 Summary of Key Concepts 144 Review Questions 145 Test Your Understanding 146 Quick Quiz 146 Short-Answer/Essay Questions 146 Quantitative Problems 147 Discussion Questions 147 Web Projects 147 The Nature of Life on Earth 148 Learning Goals 148 Defining Life 149 Cells: The Basic Units of Life 160 Metabolism: The Chemistry of Life 167 DNA and Heredity 171 Life at the Extreme 178 The Process of Science in Action: Evolution as Science 181 The Big Picture 185 Summary of Key Concepts 186 Review Questions 187 Test Your Understanding 188 Quick Quiz 188 Short-Answer/Essay Questions 188 Quantitative Problems 189 Discussion Questions 189 Web Projects 189 The Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth 190 Learning Goals 190 Searching for Life's Origins 191 The Origin of Life 197 The Evolution of Life 206 Impacts and Extinctions 215 Human Evolution 221 The Process of Science in Action: Artificial Life 226 The Big Picture 229 Summary of Key Concepts 230 Review Questions 231 Test Your Understanding 232 Quick Quiz 232 Short-Answer/Essay Questions 233 Quantitative Problems 233 Discussion Questions 233 Web Projects 234 Life in the Solar System Searching for Life in Our Solar System 235 Learning Goals 235 Environmental Requirements for Life 236 A Biological Tour of the Solar System: The Inner Solar System 242 A Biological Tour of the Solar System: The Outer Solar System 246 The Process of Science in Action: Spacecraft Exploration of the Solar System 251 The Big Picture 256 Summary of Key Concepts 256 Review Questions 257 Test Your Understanding 258 Quick Quiz 258 Short-Answer/Essay Questions 258 Quantitative Problems 259 Discussion Questions 259 Web Projects 259 Mars 260 Learning Goals 260 Fantasies of Martian Civilization 261 A Modern Portrait of Mars 264 The Climate History of Mars 276 Searching for Life on Mars 280 The Process of Science in Action: Martian Meteorites 287 The Big Picture 290 Summary of Key Concepts 291 Review Questions 292 Test Your Understanding 292 Quick Quiz 292 Short-Answer/Essay Questions 293 Quantitative Problems 293 Discussion Questions 293 Web Projects 294 Life on Jovian Moons 295 Learning Goals 295 The Moons of the Outer Solar System 296 Life on Jupiter's Galilean Moons 304 Life Around Saturn, and Beyond 312 The Process of Science in Action: Chemical Energy for Life 319 The Big Picture 323 Summary of Key Concepts 323 Review Questions 325 Test Your Understanding 325 Quick Quiz 325 Short-Answer/Essay Questions 326 Quantitative Problems 326 Discussion Questions 327 Web Projects 327 The Nature and Evolution of Habitability 328 Learning Goals 328 The Concept of a Habitable Zone 329 Venus: An Example in Potential Habitability 332 Surface Habitability Factors and the Habitable Zone 338 The Future of Life on Earth 343 The Process of Science in Action: Global Warming 348 The Big Picture 354 Summary of Key Concepts 355 Review Questions 356 Test Your Understanding 356 Quick Quiz 356 Short-Answer/Essay Questions 357 Quantitative Problems 357 Discussion Questions 358 Web Projects 358 Life Among the Stars Habitability Outside the Solar System 359 Learning Goals 359 Distant Suns 360 Extrasolar Planets: Discoveries and Implications 369 The Possibility That Earth Is Rare 384 The Process of Science in Action: Classifying Stars 388 The Big Picture 393 Summary of Key Concepts 393 Review Questions 395 Test Your Understanding 395 Quick Quiz 395 Short-Answer/Essay Questions 396 Quantitative Problems 396 Discussion Questions 397 Web Projects 397 The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence 398 Learning Goals 398 The Drake Equation 399 The Question of Intelligence 405 Searching for Intelligence 410 The Process of Science in Action: UFOs and Aliens on Earth 425 The Big Picture 432 Summary of Key Concepts 433 Review Questions 434 Test Your Understanding 434 Quick Quiz 434 Short-Answer/Essay Questions 435 Quantitative Problems 435 Discussion Questions 433 Web Projects 436 Interstellar Travel and the Fermi Paradox 437 Learning Goals 437 The Challenge of Interstellar Travel 438 Designing Spacecraft for Interstellar Travel 444 The Fermi Paradox 456 The Process of Science in Action: Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity 466 The Big Picture 472 Summary of Key Concepts 472 Review Questions 473 Test Your Understanding 474 Quick Quiz 474 Short-Answer/Essay Questions 475 Quantitative Problems 475 Discussion Questions 476 Web Projects 476 Epilogue: Contact-Implications of the Search and Discovery 477 Is There Life Elsewhere? 478 Discussion Questions 485 Appendixes Useful Numbers A-3 Useful Formulas A-4 A Few Mathematical Skills A-5 The Periodic Table of Elements A-14 Planetary Data A-15 Selected Astrobiology Web Sites A-20 Glossary G-1 References and Bibliography R-1 Credits C-1 Index I-1
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