Life in the Universe

ISBN-10: 0805347534
ISBN-13: 9780805347531
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
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Description: This textbook offers an introduction to a wide range of sciences, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology and cosmology. It has been developed specifically for emerging courses in astrobiology, though it can also be used for introductory  More...

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List price: $132.60
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 9.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.794
Language: English

This textbook offers an introduction to a wide range of sciences, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology and cosmology. It has been developed specifically for emerging courses in astrobiology, though it can also be used for introductory astronomy. This edition includes updated scientific discoveries.

Seth Shostak is the senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in California, a research organisation that runs the world's most sensitive search for extraterrestrial intelligence. He is a frequent commentator on rado and television, appearing on Nightline, The O'Reilly Factor, CNN, National Geographic television, and the Learning Channel among others.

Introducing Life in the Universe
A Universe of Life?
Learning Goals
The Possibility of Life Beyond Earth
The Scientific Context of the Search
Places to Search
The New Science of Astrobiology
The Big Picture
Summary of Key Concepts
Review Questions
Quick Quiz
Discussion Questions
Web Projects
The Science of Life in the Universe
Learning Goals
The Ancient Debate About Life Beyond Earth
The Copernican Revolution
The Nature of Modern Science
The Process of Science in Action: Understanding Gravity
The Big Picture
Summary of Key Concepts
Review Questions
Test Your Understanding
Quick Quiz
Short-Answer/Essay Questions
Quantitative Problems
Discussion Questions
Web Projects
The Universal Context of Life
Learning Goals
The Universe and Life
The Structure, Scale, and History of the Universe
The Nature of Worlds
A Universe of Matter and Energy
The Process of Science in Action: Changing Ideas About the Formation of the Solar System
The Big Picture
Summary of Key Concepts
Review Questions
Test Your Understanding
Quick Quiz
Short-Answer/Essay Questions
Quantitative Problems
Discussion Questions
Web Projects
Life on Earth
The Habitability of Earth
Learning Goals
Geology and Life
Reconstructing the History of Earth and Life
The Hadean Earth and the Dawn of Life
Geology and Habitability
Climate Regulation and Change
The Process of Science in Action: Formation of the Moon
The Big Picture
Summary of Key Concepts
Review Questions
Test Your Understanding
Quick Quiz
Short-Answer/Essay Questions
Quantitative Problems
Discussion Questions
Web Projects
The Nature of Life on Earth
Learning Goals
Defining Life
Cells: The Basic Units of Life
Metabolism: The Chemistry of Life
DNA and Heredity
Life at the Extreme
The Process of Science in Action: Evolution as Science
The Big Picture
Summary of Key Concepts
Review Questions
Test Your Understanding
Quick Quiz
Short-Answer/Essay Questions
Quantitative Problems
Discussion Questions
Web Projects
The Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth
Learning Goals
Searching for Life's Origins
The Origin of Life
The Evolution of Life
Impacts and Extinctions
Human Evolution
The Process of Science in Action: Artificial Life
The Big Picture
Summary of Key Concepts
Review Questions
Test Your Understanding
Quick Quiz
Short-Answer/Essay Questions
Quantitative Problems
Discussion Questions
Web Projects
Life in the Solar System
Searching for Life in Our Solar System
Learning Goals
Environmental Requirements for Life
A Biological Tour of the Solar System: The Inner Solar System
A Biological Tour of the Solar System: The Outer Solar System
The Process of Science in Action: Spacecraft Exploration of the Solar System
The Big Picture
Summary of Key Concepts
Review Questions
Test Your Understanding
Quick Quiz
Short-Answer/Essay Questions
Quantitative Problems
Discussion Questions
Web Projects
Mars
Learning Goals
Fantasies of Martian Civilization
A Modern Portrait of Mars
The Climate History of Mars
Searching for Life on Mars
The Process of Science in Action: Martian Meteorites
The Big Picture
Summary of Key Concepts
Review Questions
Test Your Understanding
Quick Quiz
Short-Answer/Essay Questions
Quantitative Problems
Discussion Questions
Web Projects
Life on Jovian Moons
Learning Goals
The Moons of the Outer Solar System
Life on Jupiter's Galilean Moons
Life Around Saturn, and Beyond
The Process of Science in Action: Chemical Energy for Life
The Big Picture
Summary of Key Concepts
Review Questions
Test Your Understanding
Quick Quiz
Short-Answer/Essay Questions
Quantitative Problems
Discussion Questions
Web Projects
The Nature and Evolution of Habitability
Learning Goals
The Concept of a Habitable Zone
Venus: An Example in Potential Habitability
Surface Habitability Factors and the Habitable Zone
The Future of Life on Earth
The Process of Science in Action: Global Warming
The Big Picture
Summary of Key Concepts
Review Questions
Test Your Understanding
Quick Quiz
Short-Answer/Essay Questions
Quantitative Problems
Discussion Questions
Web Projects
Life Among the Stars
Habitability Outside the Solar System
Learning Goals
Distant Suns
Extrasolar Planets: Discoveries and Implications
The Possibility That Earth Is Rare
The Process of Science in Action: Classifying Stars
The Big Picture
Summary of Key Concepts
Review Questions
Test Your Understanding
Quick Quiz
Short-Answer/Essay Questions
Quantitative Problems
Discussion Questions
Web Projects
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Learning Goals
The Drake Equation
The Question of Intelligence
Searching for Intelligence
The Process of Science in Action: UFOs and Aliens on Earth
The Big Picture
Summary of Key Concepts
Review Questions
Test Your Understanding
Quick Quiz
Short-Answer/Essay Questions
Quantitative Problems
Discussion Questions
Web Projects
Interstellar Travel and the Fermi Paradox
Learning Goals
The Challenge of Interstellar Travel
Designing Spacecraft for Interstellar Travel
The Fermi Paradox
The Process of Science in Action: Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity
The Big Picture
Summary of Key Concepts
Review Questions
Test Your Understanding
Quick Quiz
Short-Answer/Essay Questions
Quantitative Problems
Discussion Questions
Web Projects
Epilogue: Contact-Implications of the Search and Discovery
Is There Life Elsewhere?
Discussion Questions
Appendixes
Useful Numbers
Useful Formulas
A Few Mathematical Skills
The Periodic Table of Elements
Planetary Data
Selected Astrobiology Web Sites
Glossary
References and Bibliography
Credits
Index

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