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Astrobiology : a brief introduction

Author: Kevin W Plaxco; Michael Gross
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Astrobiology -- which studies the intimate relationship between life and the cosmos -- is a fast-growing field that touches on aspects of cosmology, astrophysics, and chemistry. In the first scholarly overview of this dynamic field, biochemists Kevin W. Plaxco and Michael Gross tell the story of life from the Big Bang to the present. Emphasizing the biochemical nature of astrobiology, Plaxco and Gross examine the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin W Plaxco; Michael Gross
ISBN: 0801883660 9780801883668 0801883679 9780801883675
OCLC Number: 61724375
Description: ix, 259 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: What is life? --
Origins of a habitable universe --
Origins of a habitable planet --
Primordial soup --
The spark of life --
From molecules to cells --
A concise history of life on Earth --
Life on the edge --
Habitable worlds in the solar system and beyond --
The search for extraterrestrial life.
Responsibility: Kevin W. Plaxco and Michael Gross.
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