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3540206272 2004 Springer. This hardcover copy is in excellent condition. The text is unmarked and the binding is sturdy. "Energy, chemistry, solvents, and habitats - the basic ... elements of living systems - define the opportunities and limitations for life on other worlds. This study examines each of these parameters in crucial depth and makes the argument that life forms we would recognize may be more common in our solar system than many assume. It also considers, however, exotic forms of life that would not have to rely on carbon as the basic chemical element, solar energy as the main energy source, or water as the primary solvent. Finally the question of detecting bio- and geosignature of such life forms is discussed, ranging from earth environments to deep space." 100% customer satisfaction guaranteed. We process and ship orders daily, securely and with delivery confirmation. Read more Show Less

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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9783540206279
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Definition of life 7
3 Lessons from the history of life 35
4 Energy sources and life 49
5 Building blocks of life 77
6 Life and the need for a solvent 101
7 Habitats of life 123
8 Ideas of exotic forms of life 141
9 Signatures of life and the question of detection 149
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