Living Cosmos Our Search for Life in the Universe

ISBN-10: 0521173841
ISBN-13: 9780521173841
Edition: 2011
Authors: Chris Impey
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List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/2/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 412
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Chris Impey is an award-winningUniversity Distinguished Professor at theUniversity of Arizona. In addition to hiscritically acclaimed books How It Beginsand How It Ends, he has written twoastronomy textbooks. He lives in Tucson,Arizona.

Preface To The Paper Back Edition
Preface
The Unfinished Revolution
The Audacity of The Greeks
Thinking Deeply about Nature
From Atoms to Worlds
The Man Who Displaced the Earth
Witnessing the Birth of Science
How We Know What We Know
We Are All Scientists
From Patterns to Understanding
The Toolkit of Science
Better Living Through Logic
Does Science Have Limits?
The Copernican Revolution
The Reluctant Revolutionary
The Mystic of Many Worlds
Cementing the Heliocentric Model
Worlds in Collision
Master of the Universe
Modern Cosmology
Herschel Scans the Skies
Better Telescopes, Better Technology
Bubble and the Nature of the Nebulae
Welcome to the Expanding Universe
Einstein Gives Shape to Gravity
Big Bang
Enigmas of the Universe
Enhancing Our Senses
Extending the Reach of the Eye
Detecting Invisible Waves
Exotic Messengers
Our Place In The Universe
Space: A Toy Model
Time: A Toy Model
The Emergence Of Astrobiology
Chemistry Is Cosmic
The Nature and Evolution of Life
Astronomy and the Vastness of Space
Astrobiology Grows Up
Life's Origins
Cosmic Chemistry
Helium and the Big Bang
The Stuff of the Universe
Cauldron of the Elements-Cycles of Life and Death
Deep Time
Everyday Time
Time Using Gravity
Atoms and Time
The Clocks in the Rocks
First Traces Of Life
The Art of Reading Rocks
Finding the Oldest Rocks
A Time Capsule of Life
Body Fossils
Trace Fossils
Molecular Fossils
Life's Early Frontier
Life In A Bottle
The Miller-Urey Experiment
Ingredients from Space
The Nature Of Life
Life Uses Energy
Life Battles Disorder
Life Stores Information
The Mechanism of Evolution
How Did Life Start?
An Intelligent Designer?
From Atoms to Molecules
RNA Is Special
The First Replicator
The First Cell
The Birth of Evolution
One Earth
Gaia
An Intricate Dance
Extreme Life
The Tree Of Life
Appearances Can Be Deceiving
Phylogenetic Trees
Intimate Strangers
The Unity of Life
A Genetic Bazaar
Our Distant Ancestors
Protists Are Neat
The Father of Extreme Life
Champion Extremophiles
Almost Invulnerable
Cute but Tough
Redefining Normal
Some Like It Hot
Living that the Edge
Lost Worlds
Meet the Titans of Toxicity
Strategies for Survival
Extreme Industries
Miniature Industrialists
The Midas Touch
Photocopying DNA
Tiny Superheroes to the Rescue
A Conspiracy of Germs
Cosmic HitChhikers
Riding the Interplanetary Shuttle
A Thimbleful of Stardust
Living Among the Stars
How Strange Can Life Be?
Chance and Necessity
Life 1.1
Life 2.0
Exploring th� Biological Landscape
Artificial Life
Life in a Computer
A-Life
Life Beyond Biology
Welcome to the Singularity
Shaping Evolution
Birth Of The Earth
Clues from the Crime Scene
Collapse of the Solar Nebula
From Dust Bunnies to Planets
Collisions and Catastrophes
The Primeval Earth
Impacts
Weighing the Odds
Tunguska
The Big One
Hunting Space Junk
Rocks from the Sky
Meteorites for the Masses
Cosmic Influences On Life
The Fickleness of Stars
Star Death
The Ultimate Cataclysm
Living with Radiation
Life in Other Neighborhoods
The Evolving Biosphere
Changing Sun and Atmosphere
Carbon and the Earth's Crust
Snowball Earth
Violent Change Is Normal
Shaping Life On Earth
The Evolving Planet
Darwin's Brilliant Idea
Variation and Evolution
The Role of Chance
Life's Common Solutions
Tolerating Imperfection
Landmarks In Evolution
The Power of Networking
Life Surges
The Emergence of Brains
Living In The Solar System
How Special Is The Earth?
The Rare Earth Hypothesis
Habitable Zones
What We Mean by "Habitable"
Rare or Inevitable?
Mythic Mars
The Mars in Each of Us
Mars Attacks
Canals on Mars
Exploring The Red Planet
Mars Up Close
A Kinder, Gentler Mars
The Little Rovers That Could
Life On Mars
Where the Water Went
Martian Microbes?
Wanted, Dead or Alive
Greening the Red Planet
The Value of Planets
Earth's Evil Twin
The Goddess of Love Welcomes You
Greenhouse
Life at the Edge
Mysteries Of Titan
Sirens of Titan
Patience and Romance
Cassini and Huygens Pay a Visit
What We. Saw on Titan
Could There Be Life on Titan?
Water World
The Ice Floes of Europa
Voyages to Europa
Signs Of Life
Biomarkers
Living in the Neighborhood
Distant Worlds
Wobbling Stars
Why Finding Planets Is Hard
The Man Who Harvests Planets
Hot Jupiters
Strange New Worlds
Copernicus Redux
Needle In A Haystack
Transiting Planets
Gravity Lends a Hand
Playing the Odds
Growing Planets
Complexity and Chaos
Forging Exoplanets
Following the Water
Detecting Earths
How to Find Clones of Home
Big Glass
Cheating the Atmosphere
A Plethora Of Planets
Upcoming Missions
The Promise of TPF
Cutting to the Chase
Travel To The Stars
The Fastest Thing There Is
Bigger and Bigger Fireworks
New Technologies
Between Science and Science Fiction
Our Future In Space
NASA Goes on a Diet
Bring on the Robots
The Experience of Space
Your Next Vacation?
Dreams of Other Worlds
Are We Alone?
Where Are They?
Fermi's Provocative Question
Maybe the Question Is Moot
Belief Systems and Conspiracies
The Absence of Space Tourists
Opening Pandora's Box
Cosmic Coincidences
Fine-tuning in Nature
Is Life Surprising?
Enter the Multiverse
The Drake Equation
Motivating the Search
The Boy or Girl of Your Dreams
The Optimists Weigh In
Lost in Space
Potentially Living Worlds
Counting Stars with Planet Stuff
Potentially Life-bearing Rocks
Intelligence And Technology
Defining Intelligence
How We Got So Smart
Is Intelligence Inevitable?
The Aliens Among Us
The Role of Technology
Timing Is Everything
The Doomsday Hypothesis
Room at the Bottom
The Number of Companions
Communicating In The Cosmos
SETI Pioneers
Beating the Odds
Current Searches
The Medium Is the Message
Why Are We So Lonely?
Our Postbiological Future
Supercivilizations
Reality and Simulation At One with the Cosmos-Companionship or loneliness?
The Search for Meaning
Notes
Glossary
Reading List
Media Resources
Illustration Credits
Index

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