Life in the Universe: Expectations and Constraints / Edition 2

Life in the Universe: Expectations and Constraints / Edition 2

by Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Louis Neal Irwin
     
 

ISBN-10: 3642095518

ISBN-13: 9783642095511

Pub. Date: 11/23/2010

Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg

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.

Considers 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 and the question of

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Overview

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.

Considers 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 and the question of detecting bio- and geosignatures of such life forms, ranging from earth environments to deep space.

Seeks an operational definition of life and investigate the realm of possibilities that nature offers to realize this very special state of matter.

Avoids scientific jargon wherever possible to make this intrinsically interdisciplinary subject understandable to a broad range of readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783642095511
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
11/23/2010
Series:
Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics Series
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 2nd ed. 2008
Pages:
251
Product dimensions:
0.56(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)

Table of Contents

Definition of Life.- Origin of Life.- Lessons from the History of Life on Earth.- Energy Sources and Life.- Building Blocks of Life.- Life and the Need for a Solvent.- Habitats of Life.- Ideas of Exotic Forms of Life.- The Future and Fate of Living Systems.- Signatures of Life.- Life Detection-Past and Present.- Optimizing Space Exploration.

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