Astrobiology

The Quest for the Conditions of Life

Editors: Horneck, Gerda, Baumstark-Khan, Christa (Eds.)

  • Addresses the specific need for a readable book on this very interdisciplinary and new topic at research level

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How did life originate in the universe? How did it all start after the creation of matter and the formation of elements in the stars? What are the pathways from the first organic molecules in space to the evolution of complex life forms on Earth and perhaps elsewhere? And how will it all end? The Universe itself sets the stage for the very interdisciplinary field of astrobiology that attempts to answer such questions, the central one being: What is the (cosmic) recipe for life? Currently there are only very few known elements in this vast mosaic. This book bridges a gap in the literature by bringing together leading specialists from different backgrounds who lecture on their fields, with close relevance to astrobiology, providing tutorial accounts that lead all the way to the forefront of research. The book will thus be useful for students, lecturers and reseachers alike.

Reviews

"[...] written for people with a strong background in science. I nonetheless found it a joy to read and I would strongly recommend it to those who wish to know the latest in the scientific search for ET." (Neil English, Astronomy Now, Aug. 2003)

"[...] Astrobiology challenges science in unique ways, in particular the well-known problem of identifying life when we only have one prototype to work from, and I am sure that newcomers to this field and established workers will both find this book very rewarding." (International Journal of Astrobiology, 2002)

"It is a real pleasure to come across a volume like Astrobiology." (Biologist, 2002)


Table of contents (25 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Blumberg, Baruch S.

    Pages 1-4

  • From Molecular Clouds to the Origin of Life

    Ehrenfreund, Pascale (et al.)

    Pages 7-23

  • The Diversity of Extrasolar Planets Around Solar Type Stars

    Udry, Stéphane (et al.)

    Pages 25-46

  • Habitable Zones in Extrasolar Planetary Systems

    Franck, Siegfried (et al.)

    Pages 47-56

  • Viable Transfer of Microorganisms in the Solar System and Beyond

    Homeck, Gerda (et al.)

    Pages 57-76

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-63957-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Astrobiology
Book Subtitle
The Quest for the Conditions of Life
Editors
  • Gerda Horneck
  • Christa Baumstark-Khan
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-59381-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-59381-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-63957-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 411
Number of Illustrations and Tables
39 illustrations in colour
Topics