Life in the Universe / Edition 1

Life in the Universe / Edition 1

by Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Louis N. Irwin
     
 

ISBN-10: 3540206272

ISBN-13: 9783540206279

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC

In the present book the authors attempt an operatinal defintion of life and investigate all possibilities that nature offers to realize this very special state of matter. Of particular interest are exotic life foorms, i.e. those which would not have to rely on carbon as basic chemical elements, solar enrgy as main energy source or water as primary solvent. Finally the

Overview

In the present book the authors attempt an operatinal defintion of life and investigate all possibilities that nature offers to realize this very special state of matter. Of particular interest are exotic life foorms, i.e. those which would not have to rely on carbon as basic chemical elements, solar enrgy as main energy source or water as primary solvent. Finally the question of detecting bio and geosignature of such life forms is dicussed, ranging from earth environments to deep space.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783540206279
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics Ser.
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

From the contents: Introduction.- Definition of Life.- Lessons From the History of Life on Earth.- Energy Sources and Life.- Life and the Need For a Solvent.- Other Solvents.- Carbon Versus Silicon as the Universal Building Block of Life.- More Exotic Life Forms.- Biosignatures and Geosignatures of Life- The Question of Detection.- Summary and Conclusions.

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