Planetary and Interstellar Processes Relevant to the Origins of Life

Editors: Whittet, D.C.B. (Ed.)

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These are exciting times for exobiology. The ubiquity of organic molecules in interstellar clouds, comets and asteroids strongly supports a cosmic perspective on the origin of life. Data from both ground-based telescopes and the recently launched Infrared Space Observatory are providing new insight into the complexity of carbon-based chemistry beyond the Earth. Meteorites give us solid evidence for extraterrestrial amino acids, and putative fossil evidence for life in a 3.6 billion-year-old Martian meteorite hints that life in our system might not be the sole prerogative of the Earth. Giant planets have now been discovered orbiting other stars, and although such planets seem unlikely to be habitable themselves, their existence strongly suggests what many astronomers have long believed - that planetary systems are commonplace.
All these topics are reviewed in this volume by active researchers. The level is appropriate for graduate students in astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, and related disciplines. It will also provide a valuable source of reference for active researchers in these fields.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Commentary

    Whittet, D. C. B.

    Pages 1-1

  • Origin of the Biologically Important Elements

    Trimble, Virginia

    Pages 3-21

  • Circumstellar and Interstellar Synthesis of Organic Molecules

    Tielens, A. G. G. M. (et al.)

    Pages 23-51

  • Detection of Organic Matter in Interstellar Grains

    Pendleton, Yvonne J.

    Pages 53-78

  • The Nature and Evolution of Interstellar Ices

    Chiar, Jean E.

    Pages 79-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Planetary and Interstellar Processes Relevant to the Origins of Life
Editors
  • D.C.B. Whittet
Copyright
1997
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-8907-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-8907-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-4597-8
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-4863-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IV, 316
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