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Frontiers of Astrobiology [Hardcover]

Professor Chris Impey , Professor Jonathan Lunine , Josť Funes

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15 Nov 2012 052114003X 978-0521140034
Astrobiology is an exciting interdisciplinary field that seeks to answer one of the most important and profound questions: are we alone? In this volume, leading international experts explore the frontiers of astrobiology, investigating the latest research questions that will fascinate a wide interdisciplinary audience at all levels. What is the earliest evidence for life on Earth? Where are the most likely sites for life in the Solar System? Could life have evolved elsewhere in the Galaxy? What are the best strategies for detecting intelligent extraterrestrial life? How many habitable or Earth-like exoplanets are there? Progress in astrobiology over the past decade has been rapid and, with evidence accumulating that Mars once hosted standing bodies of liquid water, the discovery of over 500 exoplanets and new insights into how life began on Earth, the scientific search for our origins and place in the cosmos continues.

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'The breadth of topics is likely the book's most distinctive feature, so it does give readers a good overview of the field … Recommended.' C. Palma, Choice

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In this book, leading international experts explore the frontiers of astrobiology, investigating the very latest research questions. Where are the most likely sites for life in the Solar System? What are the best strategies for detecting intelligent extraterrestrial life? This volume will fascinate a wide interdisciplinary audience at all levels.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent review of the state of the field of astrobiology 21 Dec 2013
By The Planetary Society - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an academic text reviewing the state of the science. Astrobiology is an unusual science in that we actually have no data on life elsewhere in the solar system. So the first chapters take pains to explain what exactly astrobiology is – and stepping back even further, how to define “life” in a way that is useful to our search for it elsewhere. Then it goes on to several chapters on the history of life on Earth (with contributions by authors like Roger Summons and James Kasting, whose names I recognize from background reading on Curiosity’s mission to search for habitable environments). The next part of the book explores habitable environments across the rest of the solar system (with chapters by people like Athena Coustenis, Julie Castillo-Rogez, and Lunine), and the final one examines the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe (including contributions from Jill Tarter and Sara Seager). Each chapter is relatively short and has a lengthy bibliography, so I see it as a useful resource providing a concise, well-referenced introduction to each aspect of astrobiology, with guidance to where I can read more.
5.0 out of 5 stars A readable book in a very important sub field of cosmology. 9 Jan 2014
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This is a very important book in Astrobiology and i would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject. It is very up to date in a field which is undergoing rapid change. Fortunately it does not require a PhD in organic chemistry to read and understand it. Tom Anderson
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The secret of a bestseller is to write the book such that there is a dirty bit every 10 pages.
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