Origins of Life in the Universe
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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 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/23/2008
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
|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|
|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|
|History of the Earth|
|Periodic table of the elements|