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Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

Editors: Gargaud, M., Irvine, W.M., Amils, R., Cleaves, H.J., Pinti, D., Cernicharo Quintanilla, J., Rouan, D., Spohn, T., Tirard, S., Viso, M. (Eds.)

  • Features new entries, updating readers on key work in astrobiology
  • Builds on success of earlier edition, offering more graphical support material
  • Presents new results in the field of astrochemistry
  • Clarifies technical terms from astronomy, biology, chemistry, geosciences & space sciences
  • Provides key citations to the literature in a high profile field
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About this Reference Work

The interdisciplinary field of Astrobiology constitutes a joint arena where provocative discoveries are coalescing concerning, e.g. the prevalence of exoplanets, the diversity and hardiness of life, and its increasingly likely chances for its emergence. Biologists, astrophysicists, biochemists, geoscientists and space scientists share this exciting mission of revealing the origin and commonality of life in the Universe. The members of the different disciplines are used to their own terminology and technical language. In the interdisciplinary environment many terms either have redundant meanings or are completely unfamiliar to members of other disciplines.

The Encyclopedia of Astrobiology serves as the key to a common understanding. Each new or experienced researcher and graduate student in adjacent fields of astrobiology will appreciate this reference work in the quest to understand the big picture. The carefully selected group of active researchers contributing to this work and the expert field editors intend for their contributions, from an internationally comprehensive perspective, to accelerate the interdisciplinary advance of astrobiology.

This new edition offers ~300 new entries. Many entries were expanded or supplemented by figures supporting the understanding of the text. Especially in the field of astrochemistry there is a huge body of new results that have been taken into account in this new edition. The synonyms and keywords have been carefully revisited. Many were added, redundant ones deleted.

About the authors

The Editor in Chief, Muriel Gargaud, is an enthusiastic and experienced editor who has proven in various projects that she can manage a large number of editors and authors and deliver an excellent publication.

William Irvine was President of the Commission on Bioastronomy of the International Astronomical Union. His research activity is concentrated in two areas: the chemistry of dense interstellar clouds; and the physics and chemistry of comets. He collaborated with various NASA astrobiology working groups and is author of more than 200 scientific articles.

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“Encyclopedia of Astrobiology has a good number of visual aids included. These can range from chemical equations to coloured and black-and-white figures, pictures, tables and graphs. Overall, the balance of text to images emphasizes text, but the variety and number of visual aids is quite good and better than many subject encyclopedias. … Encyclopedia of Astrobiology is an incredible scholarly achievement.” (Kevin McDonough, Reference Reviews, Vol. 31 (1), 2017)


Buy this book

eReference $1,349.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-662-44185-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
Print + eBook $2,019.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-662-44186-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Online orders shipping within 2-3 days.
Print $1,399.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-662-44184-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Encyclopedia of Astrobiology
Editors
  • Muriel Gargaud
  • William M. Irvine
  • Ricardo Amils
  • Henderson James Cleaves
  • Daniele Pinti
  • José Cernicharo Quintanilla
  • Daniel Rouan
  • Tilman Spohn
  • Stéphane Tirard
  • Michel Viso
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eReference ISBN
978-3-662-44185-5
Print + eBook ISBN
978-3-662-44186-2
Print ISBN
978-3-662-44184-8
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XLV, 2737
Number of Illustrations and Tables
219 b/w illustrations, 484 illustrations in colour
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