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Beyond the stars : our origins and the search for life in the universe

Author: Paolo Saraceno
Publisher: Singapore ; London : World Scientific, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is the origin of the universe? Are we alone in the Univers? 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.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paolo Saraceno
ISBN: 9789814295536 9814295531 981429554X 9789814295543
OCLC Number: 503042334
Language Note: Translated from the Italian.
Description: x, 377 pages : color illustrations, charts ; 26 cm
Contents: PART I: ORIGINS --
Our origins --
The beginning of everything --
Origins of stars and planets --
The origin of the elements --
The origins of life --
PART II: THE CASE OF THE EARTH --
History of the earth --
Extinctions --
An inhabitable planet --
The importance of continental drift --
The earth: A rare planet? --
PART III: IN SEARCH OF ANOTHER GAIA --
In search of ETI --
The measurement --
Appendix A: Astronomical observations --
Appendix B: A few numbers.
Responsibility: Paolo Saraceno ; translated by David Goodstein.

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The book is highly readable and pedagogical, with many useful allusions to the historical development of the current ideas. -- Thierry Montmerle "Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris" The text is Read more...

 
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