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The New Science of Astrobiology : From Genesis of the Living Cell to Evolution of Intelligent Behaviour in the Universe - Julian Chela-Flores

The New Science of Astrobiology

From Genesis of the Living Cell to Evolution of Intelligent Behaviour in the Universe

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Published: 1st December 2001
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Astrobiology is a very broad interdisciplinary field covering the origin, evolution, distribution, and destiny of life in the universe, as well as the design and implementation of missions for solar system exploration. A review covering its complete spectrum has been missing at a level accessible even to the non-specialist.
The last section of the book consists of a supplement, including a glossary, notes, and tables, which represent highly condensed windows' into research ranging from basic sciences to earth and life sciences, as well as the humanities.
These additions should make The New Science of Astrobiology accessible to a wide readership: scientists, humanists, and the general reader will have an opportunity to participate in one of the most rewarding activities of contemporary culture.

"Recommended for anyone involved in studying life. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students." (CHOICE 39:9 (2002)

Foreword
Preface
Origin of Life in the Universe
Introduction: What is astrobiology?
Chemical Evolution: Foundations for the Study of the Origin of Life in the Universe
From cosmic to chemical evolution
From chemical to prebiotic evolution
Sources for life's origins: A search for biogenic elements
Prebiotic Evolution: The Birth of Biomolecules
From prebiotic evolution to single cells
Evolution of Life in the Universe
From the age of prokaryotes to the origin of eukaryotes
Eukaryogenesis and evolution of intelligent behavior
Distribution and Destiny of Life in the Universe
Exobiology of the Solar System: Scientific Bases for the Study of the Life of Other Worlds
On the possibility of biological evolution on Mars
On the possibility of biological evolution on Europa
On the possibility of chemical evolution on Titan
Bioastronomy: The Study of Astronomical Phenomena Related to Life
How different would life be elsewhere?
The search for evolution of extraterrestrial intelligent behavior
Is the evolution of intelligent behavior universal?
Cultural Foundations for the Discussion of the Destiny of Life in the Universe
Deeper implications of the search for extraterrestrial life
Philosophical implications of the search for extraterrestrial civilizations
Back to the beginning of astrobiology
Recapitulation
Notes and References
Glossary
Supplementary Reading
Indices
About the Author
Proceedings of related events in astrobiology co-edited by the author
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780792371250
ISBN-10: 0792371259
Series: Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 253
Published: 1st December 2001
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.64