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From dying stars to the birth of life : the new science of astrobiology and the search for life in the universe

Author: Jerry Lynn Cranford
Publisher: Nottingham : Nottingham University Press, 2011.
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"The rise of computers and rocket science in the last half of the 20th century allowed scientists to make two amazing discoveries that indicated life may be widespread throughout our universe. In the 1970s, life scientists started finding small bacterial-like creatures living on our planet in extreme hostile environments that everyone believed should instantly kill any living things. Some of these life-forms lived  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jerry Lynn Cranford
ISBN: 9781907284793 1907284796
OCLC Number: 704395895
Description: ix, 237 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 26 cm
Contents: I. Computers, rocket science, and the birth of astrobiology --
II. Our vast and hostile life-friendly universe --
III. How life works on planet Earth --
IV. How life and Earth co-evolved to produce a life-friendly biosphere --
V. The search for other worlds and other life-forms --
VI. The possibility of visiting or communicating with extraterrestrial civilizations --
VII. Some final thoughts from the author.
Responsibility: Jerry L. Cranford.

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"The rise of computers and rocket science in the last half of the 20th century allowed scientists to make two amazing discoveries that indicated life may be widespread throughout our universe. In the 1970s, life scientists started finding small bacterial-like creatures living on our planet in extreme hostile environments that everyone believed should instantly kill any living things. Some of these life-forms lived in hot or boiling water that was extremely salty, acidic, or alkaline. A few made their homes inside icebergs, while others lived inside rocks located miles below ground, or even on the power rods of nuclear power plants"--The publisher.

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"Far from being just an astrobiology book, it is more a history of the evolution of the universe and of our understanding, really bringing together all of the disciplines that are needed to help us Read more...

 
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