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Life in the universe : expectations and constraints

Author: Dirk Schulze-Makuch; Louis N Irwin
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2018.
Series: Springer-Praxis books in astronomy and planetary sciences.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Third editionView all editions and formats
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This class-tested textbook examines the basic elements of living systems: energy, chemistry, solvents, and habitats in crucial depth. These elements define the opportunities and limitations for life on other worlds. The book argues that life forms we would recognize may be more common in our solar system than many assume. It also considers, however, the possibility of exotic forms of life based on backbones other  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dirk Schulze-Makuch; Louis N Irwin
ISBN: 9783319976587 3319976583
OCLC Number: 1077284884
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 343 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Introduction --
Definition of Life --
Origin of Life --
Synthetic Life --
Lessons from the History of Life on Earth --
Energy Sources and Life --
Building Blocks of Life --
Life and the Need for a Solvent --
Habitats of Life --
Signatures of Life --
Life Detection-Past and Present --
Astrobiological Potential within the Solar System --
Exoplanets and Exomoons --
Ideas of Exotic Forms of Life --
The Future and Fate of Living Systems --
SETI --
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life --
Optimizing Space Exploration --
References --
Index.
Series Title: Springer-Praxis books in astronomy and planetary sciences.
Responsibility: Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Louis N. Irwin.

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