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Cosmic biology : how life could evolve on other worlds

Author: Louis N Irwin; Dirk Schulze-Makuch
Publisher: New York ; London : Springer ; Chichester, UK : Published in association with Praxis Pub., ©2011.
Series: Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Cosmic Biology, Louis Irwin and Dirk Schulze-Makuch guide readers through the range of planetary habitats found in our Solar System and those likely to be found throughout the universe. Based on our current knowledge of chemistry, energy, and evolutionary tendencies, the authors envision a variety of possible life forms. These range from the familiar species found on Earth to increasingly exotic examples possible  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Irwin, Louis N.
Cosmic biology.
New York ; London : Springer ; Chichester, UK ; Published in association with Praxis Pub., ©2011
(OCoLC)502034079
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Louis N Irwin; Dirk Schulze-Makuch
ISBN: 9781441916471 1441916474 1441916466 9781441916464
OCLC Number: 697506480
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 337 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Contents: Cosmic Biology; Cosmic Biology; Contents; Contents; Preface; Preface; Illustrations; Illustrations; 1 Rare Earths and Life Unseen; 1 Rare Earths and Life Unseen; 2 Life, Chemistry, Action!; 2 Life, Chemistry, Action!; 3 Life's Fundamentals; 3 Life's Fundamentals; 4 Fire and Water; 4 Fire and Water; 5 Frozen Desert; 5 Frozen Desert; 6 Hell Fire and Brimstone; 6 Hell Fire and Brimstone; 7 Suspended Animation; 7 Suspended Animation; 8 Deep and Dark; 8 Deep and Dark; 9 Fire and Ice; 9 Fire and Ice; 10 Petrolakes; 10 Petrolakes; 11 Exotic Cocktails; 11 Exotic Cocktails.
Series Title: Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy.
Responsibility: Louis N. Irwin and Dirk Schulze-Makuch.

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This text discusses a broad range of possible environments where alien life might evolve in our universe. It also uses current knowledge of chemistry, energy and evolutionary tendencies to consider  Read more...

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