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Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World
     

Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World

by Jonathan I. Lunine
 

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Fully updated throughout, including revised illustrations and new images from NASA missions, this new edition provides an overview of Earth's history from a planetary science perspective for Earth science undergraduates. Earth's evolution is described in the context of what we know about other planets and the cosmos at large, from the origin of the cosmos to the

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Fully updated throughout, including revised illustrations and new images from NASA missions, this new edition provides an overview of Earth's history from a planetary science perspective for Earth science undergraduates. Earth's evolution is described in the context of what we know about other planets and the cosmos at large, from the origin of the cosmos to the processes that shape planetary environments and from the origins of life to the inner workings of cells. Astronomy, Earth science, planetary science and astrobiology are integrated to give students the whole picture of how the Earth has come to its present state and an understanding of the relationship between key ideas in different fields. The book presents concepts in nontechnical language and mathematical treatments are avoided where possible. New end-of-chapter summaries and questions allow students to check their understanding and critical thinking is emphasized to encourage students to explore ideas scientifically for themselves.

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"...excellent, abundantly illustrated...Elements of cosmology, astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, and philosophy are presented in a coherent, connected fashion that is easily readable and understandable by college students, advanced high school students, and laypersons who have a science background. The volume is an excellent textbook and resource for science teachers..." Science Books & Films

"An excellent, up-to-date introduction...It should prove attractive to the new generation of cosmological rock enthusiasts." Nature

"...authoritative, balanced and suitably critical...his presentation is clear and easy to follow." The Quarterly Review of Biology

"Lunine leads the reader to an intellectual adventure, that takes place in various fields: astronomy, physics, chemistry, geology. From the roles of the Earth in the Solar System, to climate evolution, continental drift, the birth of life." Earth, Moon and Planets

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107326507
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/08/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
33 MB
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Meet the Author

Jonathan I. Lunine is the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences at Cornell University. His research interests center broadly on planetary origin and evolution, in our solar system and around other stars. He works as an interdisciplinary scientist on the Cassini mission to Saturn and on the James Webb Space Telescope, and is also a co-investigator on the Juno mission which launched for Jupiter in August 2011. Dr Lunine is the author of over 230 scientific papers and besides the first edition of this book (Cambridge University Press, 1999), he has also written Astrobiology: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2005). He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union.

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