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Life in the universe

Author: John Billingham; Ames Research Center.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1981.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : English : 1st MIT Press edView all editions and formats
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Experts consider the nature and distribution of life in the universe--from the origin of life on earth to the search for intelligent life on other planets.

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Genre/Form: Conference proceedings
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Material Type: Conference publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Billingham; Ames Research Center.
ISBN: 0262520621 9780262520621 0262021552 9780262021555
OCLC Number: 7838133
Notes: Proceedings of the Conference on Life in the Universe, held at NASA Ames Research Center, June 19-20, 1979.
Description: xix, 461 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Preface / John Billingham --
Conference overview / A. Thomas Young --
Introduction / Robert A. Frosch --
Three eras of cosmic evolution / Eric J. Chaisson --
Origin of life. Introductory comments / Harold P. Klein --
Organic chemical evolution / Sherwood Chang --
Sulfur : fountainhead of life in the universe / Benton C. Clark --
Role of interfacial water and water in thin films in the origin of life / Duwayne M. Anderson --
Life-supporting environments. Introductory comments / George H. Herbig --
Atmospheres and evolution / Lynn Margulis, James E. Lovelock --
Origin and evolution of continents and oceans / Karl K. Turekian --
Climatic stability / Donald M. Hunten --
Stellar influences on the emergence of intelligent life / Martin Cohen --
Planetary orbits in multiple star systems / R.S. Harrington --
Constraints on early life by earth's accretional and preaccretional development / Gustaf Arrhenius --
Cosmic conclusions from climatic models ; can they be justified? / Stephen H. Schneider, Starley L. Thompson --
Evolution of oxygen and ozone in earth's atmosphere / J.F. Kasting, T.M. Donahue --
Prospects for detecting other planetary systems / David C. Black --
Detecting planets in binary systems with speckle interferometry / Simon P. Worden --
Panel discussion / summarized by Mark A. Stull --
Evolution of complex life in the galaxy. Introductory comments / Mark A. Stull --
Transfer RNA and the origin of protein synthesis / Alexander Rich --
Emergence and radiation of multicellular organisms / James W. Valentine --
Speculations on the evolution of intelligence in multicellular organisms / Dale. A. Russell --
Evolution of technological species / Bernard Campbell --
Astrophysical crisis in the evolution of life in the galaxy / Wallace H. Tucker --
Biochemical keys to the emergence of complex life / Kenneth M. Towe --
Gravity, lignification, and land plant evolution / S.M. Siegel, B.Z. Siegel, Jung Chen --
Evolution of man and its implications for general principles of the evolution of intelligent life / C. Owen Lovejoy --
Detectability of technological civilizations. Introductory comments / Frank D. Drake --
Identifiability of suitable stars / Kenneth James --
Manifestations of advanced civilizations / Ronald N. Bracewell --
Search strategies / Bernard M. Oliver --
Eavesdropping mode and radio leakage from earth / Woodruff T. Sullivan III --
SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence : plans and rationale / J.H. Wolfe [and others] --
Reflections / Philip Morrison.
Responsibility: John Billingham, editor.

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"A fascinating and richly eventful tapestry of cosmic evolution... Eric Chaisson of Harvard University began... by compressing 18 billion years of cosmic history into a 30-minute overview, Read more...

 
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