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Origins of Life in the Universe

ISBN-10: 0521532833
ISBN-13: 9780521532839
Edition: 2008
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Description: This concise and highly illustrated book traces the evolution of the Cosmos from the Big Bang to the development of intelligent life on Earth, conveying clear science in an engaging narrative. By mapping the history of the Universe for introductory  More...

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Book details

List price: $74.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/23/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 444
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.486
Language: English

This concise and highly illustrated book traces the evolution of the Cosmos from the Big Bang to the development of intelligent life on Earth, conveying clear science in an engaging narrative. By mapping the history of the Universe for introductory science, this book allows many of the most fascinating questions in science to be explored. What is the origin of the Universe? How do stars and planets form? How does life begin? How did intelligence arise? Are we alone in the Cosmos? Physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and geology are combined to create a chronicle of events in which the swirling vapors in the primordial cloud of the Universe evolved over billions of years into conscious life. Outlining, the latest discoveries in astrobiology, this title is suffused with the excitement of this fast-moving field.

Extended contents
Foreword
Preface
The Universe
Our place in the Universe: The realm of the galaxies
A view of the origin of the Universe: Evidence for an explosive beginning
Life from the cosmic cauldron: Life history of a star; Creation of the chemical elements within stars
The Solar System
Formation of the conditions for life: Planets and moons
Origins of a habitable planet: The Moon as a record of early Earth history
Prospects for life: Is Mars a habitable planet?
Venus - our sister planet: The evolution of a hostile world
The Earth
Earth: Composition and structure of a habitable planet
The changing face of an active habitable planet: Explanation of Earth's surface features
Climate change and the evolution of life: Climate changes and Earth history
Origin and history of life on Earth
The origin and evolution of life: Life's beginnings and Darwin's theory of evolution
The early history of life on Earth: From single cells to complex organisms
The development of higher life forms: The age of the reptiles and dinosaurs
Evolution of intelligent life
The mammals: The rise of intelligence
The evolution of higher intelligence: Growth of the brain
Are we alone in the Universe? Humankind's place in the cosmic community
Epilog
History of the Earth
Periodic table of the elements
Index

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