Amsterdam: Springer, 2001. - 253p.Astrobiology is a very broad interdisciplinary field covering the origin, evolution, distribution, and destiny of life in the universe, as well as the design and implementation of missions for solar system exploration. A review covering its complete spectrum has been missing at a level accessible even to the non-specialist. The last section of the book consists of a supplement, including a glossary, notes, and tables, which represent highly condensed `windows' into research ranging from basic sciences to earth and life sciences, as well as the humanities. These additions should make The New Science of Astrobiology accessible to a wide readership: scientists, humanists, and the general reader will have an opportunity to participate in one of the most rewarding activities of contemporary culture.Contents :Front MatterFront Matter Introduction: What is Astrobiology? From cosmic to chemical evolution From chemical to prebiotic evolution Sources for life’s origin: A search for biogenic elements From prebiotic evolution to single cellsFront Matter From the age of prokaryotes to the origin of eukaryotes Eukaryogenesis and evolution of intelligent behaviorFront Matter On the possibility of biological evolution on Mars On the possibility of biological evolution on Europa On the possibility of chemical evolution on Titan How different would life be elsewhere? The search for the evolution of extraterrestrial intelligent behavior Is the evolution of intelligent behavior universal? Deeper implications of the search for extraterrestrial life Philosophical implications of the search for extraterrestrial civilizations Back to the beginning of astrobiology Recapitulation Back Matter
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