Life in the Universe, 4th edition
Published by Pearson (January 7th 2016) - Copyright © 2017
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For intro-level, one-semester multidisciplinary science and astronomy courses.
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Encourage students to explore answers to questions about life beyond Earth and our solar system.
Life in the Universe provides an ideal starting point for non-science majors intrigued by the latest discoveries about life in the solar system and beyond. Rigorously researched and accessible to students of all backgrounds, the text introduces concepts drawn from astronomy, biology, and geology to explain natural phenomena and to explore profound scientific questions about astrobiology. The Fourth Edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to include the latest scientific discoveries and advancements, including new information regarding extrasolar planets, artificial life, and early life on Earth.
Designed for courses in astrobiology, Life in the Universe arouses students’ natural curiosity by exploring fundamental questions such as: How did life begin on Earth? What are the most extreme forms of life currently known? What do we know about the possibility of life beyond Earth?
The text encourages non-science majors to develop an understanding of the process of science through its inherently compelling subject matter as well as its wealth of engaging features, including Learning Goals, Special Topics, and connections to popular culture. Sidebars provide optional mathematical material for courses that fulfill quantitative requirements.
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Table of contents
1 A Universe of Life?
2 The Science of Life in the Universe
3 The Universal Context of Life
4 The Habitability of Earth
5 The Nature of Life on Earth
6 The Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth
7 Searching for Life in Our Solar System
9 Life on Jovian Moons
10 The Nature and Evolution of Habitability
11 Extrasolar Planets: Their Nature and Potential Habitability
12 The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
13 Interstellar Travel and the Fermi Paradox
Epilogue: Contact – Implications for the Search and Discovery
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