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Life in the universe : expectations and constraints

Author: Dirk Schulze-Makuch; Louis N Irwin
Publisher: Berlin ; London : Springer, ©2008.
Series: Advances in astrobiology and biogeophysics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Energy, chemistry, solvents, and habitats - the basic elements of living systems - define the opportunities and limitations for life on other worlds. This study examines each of these parameters in crucial depth and makes the argument that life forms we would recognize may be more common in our solar system than many assume. They seek an operational definition of life and investigate the realm of possibilities that  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dirk Schulze-Makuch; Louis N Irwin
ISBN: 9783540768166 3540768165 3540768173 9783540768173
OCLC Number: 227033941
Notes: Previous edition: 2004.
Description: xv, 251 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Definition of life --
Origin of 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 --
Ideas of exotic forms of life --
The future and fate of living systems --
Signatures of life --
Life detection --
past and present --
Optimizing space exploration.
Series Title: Advances in astrobiology and biogeophysics.
Responsibility: Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Louis N. Irwin.
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