The Search for Life in the Universe / Edition 3by Goldsmith
Pub. Date: 06/28/2006
Publisher: University Science Books
Donald Goldsmith was the science editor and co-writer of the PBS television series The Astronomers and the co-writer of NOVA's Is Anybody Out There? with Lily Tomlin. He has written and edited 15 books on astronomy, including The Runaway Universe, Worlds Unnumbered, Supernova!, and The Hunt for Life on Mars. Donald Goldsmith/b>
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Donald Goldsmith was the science editor and co-writer of the PBS television series The Astronomers and the co-writer of NOVA's Is Anybody Out There? with Lily Tomlin. He has written and edited 15 books on astronomy, including The Runaway Universe, Worlds Unnumbered, Supernova!, and The Hunt for Life on Mars. Donald Goldsmith received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley, and has taught astronomy courses there and at other institutions, including Stanford University, Cornell University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has received the lifetime achievement award in popularizing astronomy from the American Astronomical Society, the science writing award from the American Institute of Physics, and the Dorothea Klumpke-Roberts award for increasing public awareness of astronomy from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
Tobias Owen ranks among the world's leading experts on the solar system. He was awarded the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement for his work on the Martian atmosphere with the Viking Landers in 1976 and led the group of Voyager scientists who discovered the rings of Jupiter in 1979. He is currently a member of scientific teams on the Galileo, Nozomi, CONTOUR, DS-1 and Cassini-Huygens missions. With David Morrison, he co-authored a college text, The Planetary System, and has written over 250 scientific and popular articles. He is professor of astronomy at the University of Hawaii where he studies planets, satellites, and comets with the giant telescopes on Mauna Kea.
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Table of ContentsChapter 1 The Search from the Human Perspective
Chapter 2 The Universe Small and Large
Chapter 3 The Birthplaces of Stars
Chapter 4 Energy Liberation in Stars
Chapter 5 How Stars End Their Lives
Chapter 6 Galaxies and the Expanding Universe
Chapter 7 The Nature of Life on Earth
Chapter 8 The Origin of Life
Chapter 9 From Molecules to Minds
Chapter 10 How Strange Can Life Be?
Chapter 11 The Origin and Early History of the Solar System
Chapter 12 Venus
Chapter 13 Mars
Chapter 14 Is There Life on Mars?
Chapter 15 The Giant Planets and Their Satellites
Chapter 16 Is Earth Unique?
Chapter 17 The Discovery of Extrasolar Planets
Chapter 18 Extraterrestrial Civilizations: How Many? How Distant?
Chapter 19 Interstellar Spaceflight
Chapter 20 Interstellar Radio and Television Messages
Chapter 21 Extraterrestrial Visitors to Earth?
Chapter 22 Where Is Everybody?
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