Young Sun, Early Earth and the Origins of Life

Lessons for Astrobiology

Authors: Gargaud, M., Martin, H., López-García, P., Montmerle, T., Pascal, R.

  • A first colourful introduction into Astrobiology
  • Provides the reader with a much deeper understanding of the formation of planets and the origin of life
  • Illustrates the geological history of planet Earth in the context of the emergence of life
  • Colourful presentation of the origins of the solar system, the Earth and life on Earth
  • Comprehensible yet scientifically profound
  • Enhanced by an appendix comprising a glossary, bibliography of further reading and a summary of the Origins of Earth and life in 7 boxes
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About this Textbook

- How did the Sun come into existence?
- How was the Earth formed?
- How long has Earth been the way it is now, with its combination of oceans and continents?
- How do you define “life”?
- How did the first life forms emerge?
- What conditions made it possible for living things to evolve?

All these questions are answered in this colourful textbook addressing undergraduate students in "Origins of Life" courses and the scientifically interested public. The authors take the reader on an amazing voyage through time, beginning five thousand million years ago in a cloud of interstellar dust and ending five hundred million years ago, when the living world that we see today was finally formed. A chapter on exoplanets provides an overview of the search for planets outside the solar system, especially for habitable ones.
The appendix closes the book with a glossary, a bibliography of further readings and a summary of the Origins of the Earth and life in fourteen boxes.

About the authors

Muriel Gargaud is an astrophysicist at the University of Bordeaux and at the CNRS. She is an experience editor and author in the field of astrobiology.
Purificación López-García is a biologist and research director at the CNRS.
Hervé Martin is a geologist and teaches at the University of Clermond-Ferrand.
Thierry Montmerle is professor at the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris.
Robert Pascal is a chemist at the CNRS and at the University of Montpellier.

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From the reviews:

“This book is a great source of information that nicely links up everything that you need to know about in astrobiology, and it’s accompanied by many schematics and illustrations that help a lot in understanding the text, as well it comes with a very helpful glossary in the end of the book.” (Kadri Tinn, AstroMadness.com, February, 2014)

“The book focuses on the chronology of events that led to the appearance of life on Earth, from the formation of the solar system by inert matter 4,57 billion years (4.57 Ga) ago to the Cambrian explosion of lifeforms, 540 million years ago, when the living world that we see today was finally formed. … The colorful new. amazing textbook is intended for undergraduate students of any field of natural sciences and engineering, and for any scientifically interested reader at all.” (Claudia-Veronika Meister, zbMATH, Vol. 1279, 2014)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • The Formation of the Sun and Planets

    Gargaud, Muriel (et al.)

    Pages 1-35

  • Formation and Early Infancy of the Earth

    Gargaud, Muriel (et al.)

    Pages 37-59

  • Water, Continents, and Organic Matter...

    Gargaud, Muriel (et al.)

    Pages 61-91

  • Intermezzo: The Gestation of Life and its First Steps

    Gargaud, Muriel (et al.)

    Pages 93-154

  • The Late Heavy Bombardment

    Gargaud, Muriel (et al.)

    Pages 155-165

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Young Sun, Early Earth and the Origins of Life
Book Subtitle
Lessons for Astrobiology
Authors
Translated by
Dunlop, S.
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-22552-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-22552-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-22551-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 301
Number of Illustrations and Tables
53 b/w illustrations, 250 illustrations in colour
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