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The Resource Origins of life : a cosmic perspective, Douglas Whittet, New York Center for Astrobiology, Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Origins of life : a cosmic perspective, Douglas Whittet, New York Center for Astrobiology, Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Origins of life : a cosmic perspective
Title
Origins of life
Title remainder
a cosmic perspective
Statement of responsibility
Douglas Whittet, New York Center for Astrobiology, Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Language
eng
Summary
'Origins of Life: A Cosmic Perspective' presents an overview of the concepts, methods, and theories of astrobiology and origins of life research while presenting a summary of the latest findings. The book provides insight into the environments and processes that gave birth to life on our planet, which naturally informs our assessment of the probability that has arisen (or will arise) elsewhere. In addition, the book encourages readers to go beyond basic concepts, to explore topics in greater depth, and to engage in lively discussions
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YDX
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  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Appropriate for mid- and upper-level undergraduates; beginning graduate students; researchers; and general readers with basic background knowledge
LC call number
QB54
LC item number
.W46 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
IOP concise physics
Origins of life : a cosmic perspective, Douglas Whittet, New York Center for Astrobiology, Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Origins of life : a cosmic perspective, Douglas Whittet, New York Center for Astrobiology, Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Copyright
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  • "Version: 20171101"--Title page verso
  • "A Morgan & Claypool publication as part of IOP Concise Physics"--Title page verso
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Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
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Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
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Contents
1. Introduction -- 1.1. What is life? -- 1.2. Could life be silicon-based? -- 1.3. Time constraints -- 1.4. Scenarios for the origin of life on Earth -- 1.5. Searching for life beyond Earth -- 2. Cosmic synthesis of the biologically important chemical elements -- 2.1. Elements essential to life -- 2.2. Origin of the elements -- 2.3. Distributing the products of nucleosynthesis -- 3. Molecules in space : from interstellar clouds to protoplanetary disks -- 3.1. Chemistry in the interstellar medium -- 3.2. The rise of molecular complexity -- 3.3. Protostars and the chemical heritage of protoplanetary disks -- 4. The origin and evolution of our solar system -- 4.1. The Sun's birth environment -- 4.2. The solar nebula and the origin of the planets -- 4.3. Time capsules from the early Solar System -- 4.4. The evolution of habitability -- 5. The early Earth : forging an environment for life -- 5.1. The Earth-Moon system -- 5.2. Cosmic impacts -- 5.3. Emergence of the atmosphere and hydrosphere -- 5.4. Toward a prebiotic world -- 6. The origin of terrestrial life : converging on a paradigm -- 6.1. Constructing life's framework -- 6.2. Tracing life's ancestry -- 6.3. The transition to life -- 7. The search for life on Mars -- 7.1. Evolving conditions and habitability -- 7.2. Searching for biosignatures -- 7.3. Future prospects -- 8. Icy worlds as potential hosts for life -- 8.1. The moons of Jupiter -- 8.2. Saturn and beyond -- 8.3. Prospects for life -- 9. The search for life beyond our solar system -- 9.1. Exoplanetary systems : characteristics and habitability -- 9.2. The search for spectroscopic biosignatures -- 9.3. The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) -- 9.4. What if we succeed?
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26 cm
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Extent
1 volume (various pagings)
Isbn
9781681746777
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations, color maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1016027197

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