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Rare earth : why complex life is uncommon in the universe

Author: Peter D Ward; Donald Brownlee
Publisher: New York : Copernicus, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What determines whether complex life will arise on a planet, or even any life at all?

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter D Ward; Donald Brownlee
ISBN: 0387952896 9780387952895
OCLC Number: 749004238
Description: xxviii, 333 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Contents Preface to the Paperback Edition Preface to the First EditionIntroduction: The Astrobiology Revolution and the Rare Earth Hypothesis Dead Zones of the Universe Rare Earth Factors 1 Why Life Might Be Widespread in the Universe 2 Habitable Zones of the Universe 3 Building a Habitable Earth 4 Life's First Appearance on Earth 5 How to Build Animals 6 Snowball Earth 7 The Enigma of the Cambrian Explosion 8 Mass Extinctions and the Rare Earth Hypothesis9 The Surprising Importance of Plate Tectonics 10 The Moon, Jupiter, and Life on Earth 11 Testing the Rare Earth Hypotheses 12 Assessing the Odds 13 Messengers from the Stars References Index
Responsibility: Peter Ward, Donald Brownlee.

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