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Our Origins and the Search for Life in The Universe
What is the origin of the universe? Are we alone in the Universe? Using clear and plain language, the author explores these two interesting scientific-philosophical themes with a broad range of studies, including astronomy, cosmology, chemistry, biology, geology and planet science.
The first part discusses the origins of everything, from the Big Bang to humankind. It follows the long course of evolution - from original matter to the formation of more complex structures, from the furthest galaxies to the nearest stars, from planets to organic molecules, from the first and most elementary forms of life through to the reptiles, the dinosaurs and the advent of man.
The second part traces the history of the Earth and evaluates the risks of extinction in the future as predicted by scientists. Is the Earth the only habitable planet in the Universe? This question initiates the discussion on the importance of the Earth's position in the solar system and the significance of our geologically alive planet.
The final part is dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial beings with identifiable life forms. It also describes attempts for searching, from the past to the near future.
This remarkable book provides the best answers we have to the epic questions about us and our place in the universe.
|Publisher:||World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.88(d)|
Table of Contents
Part I Origins 1
Chapter 1 Our Origins 3
Chapter 2 The Beginning of Everything 13
Chapter 3 Origins of Stars and Planets 45
Chapter 4 The Origin of the Elements 79
Chapter 5 The Origins of Life 107
Part II The Case of the Earth 153
Chapter 6 History of the Earth 155
Chapter 7 Extinctions 193
Chapter 8 An Inhabitable Planet 229
Chapter 9 The Importance of Continental Drift 255
Chapter 10 The Earth: A Rare Planet? 289
Part III In Search of Another Gaia 313
Chapter 11 In Search of ETI 315
Chapter 12 The Measurement 331
Appendix A Astronomical Observations 349
Appendix B A Few Numbers 365