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Origins of Life in the Universe
     

Origins of Life in the Universe

by Robert Jastrow
 

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ISBN-10: 0521532833

ISBN-13: 2900521532838

Pub. Date: 12/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Origins of Life in the Universe traces the evolution of the Cosmos from the Big Bang to the development of intelligent life on Earth. Conveying clear, concise science in an engaging narrative, it maps the history of the Universe for introductory science and astrobiology courses for nonscience majors.

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Origins of Life in the Universe traces the evolution of the Cosmos from the Big Bang to the development of intelligent life on Earth. Conveying clear, concise science in an engaging narrative, it maps the history of the Universe for introductory science and astrobiology courses for nonscience majors.

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ISBN-13:
2900521532838
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
444

Table of Contents

Extended contents vii

Foreword Robert Shapiro xv

Preface xvii

Part I The Universe

1 Our place in the Universe: The realm of the galaxies 3

2 A view of the origin of the Universe: Evidence for an explosive beginning 18

3 Life from the cosmic cauldron: Life history of a star; Creation of the chemical elements within stars 42

Part II The Solar System

4 Formation of the conditions for life: Planets and moons 73

5 Origins of a habitable planet: The Moon as a record of early Earth history 106

6 Prospects for life: Is Mars a habitable planet? 119

7 Venus - our sister planet: The evolution of a hostile world 144

Part III The Earth

8 Earth: Composition and structure of a habitable planet 163

9 The changing face of an active habitable planet: Explanation of Earth's surface features 196

10 Climate change and the evolution of life: Climate changes and Earth history 228

Part IV Origin and history of life on Earth

11 The origin and evolution of life: Life's beginnings and Darwin's theory of evolution 253

12 The early history of life on Earth: From single cells to complex organisms 285

13 The development of higher life forms: The age of the reptiles and dinosaurs 309

Part V Evolution of intelligent life

14 The mammals: The rise of intelligence 337

15 The evolution of higher intelligence: Growth of the brain 354

16 Are we alone in the Universe? Humankind's place in the cosmic community 369

Epilog 382

Appendix A History of the Earth 384

Appendix B Periodic table of the elements 386

Index 387

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