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Life in the Universe: Readings from Scientific American Magazine

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The beauty and wonder of the night sky have been made even more awesome as speculation about the origin and evolution of the universe has been transformed into solid scientific knowledge over the last century. Scientists have made tremendous strides in answering some of the most compelling questions about the universe and our place in it, but many remain. How did stars, planets, and galaxies form? How did life on Earth begin? Are there other habitats suitable for life in the universe? This volume brings together ...
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New York 1995 Paperback First Edition New 7 1/4" x 9 1/4" 0716727145. Unread, unmarked. A collection of essays by some of the greatest scientists of our time to provide a lucid, ... accessible overview of the theories and experiments devised to explain the great mysteries of science. Authors such as Steven Weinberg, Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould and Marvin Minsky explore the most intriguing issues. As the universe continues to expand, what will be its fate? Can we learn enough about our biological, physical and social reality to fashion a future that our planet can sustain? Will robots inherit the Earth? These and many other critical questions are addressed by the very scientists devoted to enhancing our understanding of the laws of nature.; 122 pages. Read more Show Less

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Overview

The beauty and wonder of the night sky have been made even more awesome as speculation about the origin and evolution of the universe has been transformed into solid scientific knowledge over the last century. Scientists have made tremendous strides in answering some of the most compelling questions about the universe and our place in it, but many remain. How did stars, planets, and galaxies form? How did life on Earth begin? Are there other habitats suitable for life in the universe? This volume brings together some of the greatest scientists of our time to provide a lucid, accessible overview of the theories and experiments devised to explain the great mysteries of science. Authors such as Steven Weinberg, Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould, and Marvin Minsky explore the most intriguing issues: As the universe continues to expand, what will be its fate? Can we learn enough about our biological, physical, and social reality to fashion a future that our planet can sustain? Will robots inherit the Earth? These and many other critical questions are addressed by the very scientists devoted to enhancing our understanding of the laws of nature. They may not be able to answer all of them, but their fascinating explorations take you to the very boundaries of scientific knowledge.
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Provides an account of the work of some 35 American female playwrights in roughly chronological order. In each case, the historical and social background of the period is discussed as well as the popular and critical value of each author's plays. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780716727149
  • Publisher: Freeman, W. H. & Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 122
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Life in the Universe 1
2 The Evolution of the Universe 10
3 The Earth's Elements 19
4 The Evolution of the Earth 29
5 The Origin of Life on the Earth 41
6 The Evolution of Life on the Earth 53
7 The Search for Extraterrestrial Life 66
8 The Emergence of Intelligence 77
9 Will Robots Inherit the Earth? 89
10 Sustaining Life on the Earth 99
Epilogue: Descartes' Error and the Future of Human Life 111
The Authors 113
Bibliographies 115
Sources of the Photographs 117
Index 118
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