'Finally, an undergraduate level textbook on astrobiology that provides the perfect entry for students interested in this burgeoning field. The profuse and well-chosen illustrations, charts and tables, the clearly written text, and the comprehensive and balanced coverage make An Introduction to Astrobiology a standout. After twenty five years of teaching an undergraduate course in astrobiology, I finally will be able to use a single book that is authoritative and yet will captivate the student readers. Beautifully written and produced, An Introduction to Astrobiology is certain to become the gold standard for introductory astrobiology textbooks.' Professor John Scalo, University of Texas, Austin
'The diverse interdisciplinary threads that make up the fascinating science of astrobiology are brought together in this outstanding introduction to the science. The study of the planets in our Solar System, including the Earth, and the discovery of planets orbiting distant stars has forced us to try and understand life in its cosmic context. This book provides a beautifully illustrated and clearly described reference for existing and new scientists in the field of astrobiology.' Dr Charles Cockell, British Antarctic Survey (Chair, Astrobiology Society of Britain)
'The authors of this book are to be congratulated on bringing scientific rigour to the concept of 'astrobiology' … The text is always clear, there are definitions in the margins; there are many questions and answers (indeed, some of the most interesting discussions are in the 'answers' at the back); and all mathematics is confined to separate boxes or exercises. There are plenty of clear and colourful diagrams, and excellent images with preference for the most illuminating rather than the most familiar ones.' Journal of the British Astronomical Association
Designed for elementary university courses in astrobiology, this textbook starts by looking at the origin of life on Earth before reviewing the evidence for possible life on Mars, Europa and Titan. The potential for life in exoplanetary systems and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence are also discussed.