CART

(0) items

Life in the Universe,9780805385779
This item qualifies for
FREE SHIPPING!

FREE SHIPPING OVER $59!

Your order must be $59 or more, you must select US Postal Service Shipping as your shipping preference, and the "Group my items into as few shipments as possible" option when you place your order.

Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace Items, eBooks, Apparel, and DVDs not included.

Life in the Universe

by ;
Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9780805385779

ISBN10:
0805385770
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
Publisher(s):
Benjamin Cummings
List Price: $122.40

Buy New Textbook

Currently Available, Usually Ships in 24-48 Hours
N9780805385779
$119.34

Rent Textbook

We're Sorry
Sold Out

Used Textbook

We're Sorry
Sold Out

eTextbook

We're Sorry
Not Available

More New and Used
from Private Sellers
Starting at $0.01
See Prices

Questions About This Book?

What version or edition is this?
This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 1/1/2007.
What is included with this book?
  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any CDs, lab manuals, study guides, etc.

Related Products


  • Clickers in the Astronomy Classroom : How to Enhance Astronomy Teaching Using Classroom Response Systems
    Clickers in the Astronomy Classroom : How to Enhance Astronomy Teaching Using Classroom Response Systems
  • Life in the Universe
    Life in the Universe
  • Life in the Universe
    Life in the Universe
  • Life In The Universe
    Life In The Universe




Summary

This pioneering book offers an exciting and rigorous introduction to a wide range of sciences, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and cosmology. Life in the Universe captures the reader's imagination by exploring fundamental pan-scientific questions, such as: "How did life begin on Earth?", "What are the most extreme forms of life currently known?", "How likely is life in our solar system and beyond?", and "What are the challenges of trying to colonize another planet?" The book motivates readers to develop an understanding of the nature and process of science through skillfull writing and a wealth of features. An award-winning author and contributor team spanning the sciences ensures that coverage is complete, authoritative, and accessible. Interdisciplinary coverage and a wealth of exciting topics engage non-science students, introduce them to a range of sciences, and motivate them to explore the nature of science itself. Readers interested in astronomy and life in the universe.

Table of Contents

A Universe of life?
1(26)
Life Elsewhere
2(2)
Worlds Beyond Imagination
4(5)
The Stuff of Life
9(13)
Could Biology Be Universal?
22(1)
The Science of Astrobiology
23(4)
The Big Picture
24(1)
Review Questions
24(1)
Discussion Questions
25(1)
Problems
25(1)
Web Projects
25
Movie Madness: Cinema Aliens
2(4)
Basic Astronomical Definitions
6(2)
How Far Is a Light-Year?
8(4)
The Extent of the Universe
12(4)
Basic Properties of Atoms
16(11)
The Science of life in the Universe
27(24)
The Ancient Roots of Science
28(6)
The Copernican Revolution
34(5)
The Nature of Modern Science
39(6)
The Tools and the Methods of the Search
45(3)
The Golden Age of Astrobiology
48(3)
The Big Picture
48(1)
Review Questions
49(1)
Discussion Questions
49(1)
Problems
49(1)
Web Projects
50
Greek Thought on Extraterrestrial Life
31(7)
Geocentrism and the Church
38(3)
Is There Absolute Truth in Science
41(3)
Movie Madness: Alien Autopsy
44(7)
The Nature of life
51(28)
What is Life?
52(8)
Cells: The Basic Units of Life
60(9)
Metabolism: The Chemistry of Life
DNA and Heredity
69(5)
Life at the Extreme
74(5)
The Big Picture
77(1)
Review Questions
77(1)
Discussion Questions
77(1)
Problems
78(1)
Web Projects
78
Creationism and Evolution
54(2)
Charles Darwin
56(8)
Key Biological Definitions
64(8)
Movie Madness: The Andromeda Strain
72(7)
The Geological History of the Earth
79(34)
Reading the Earth's History
80(10)
The Formation of the Earth
90(3)
The Hadean Earth
93(4)
The Earth's Ongoing Active Geology
97(4)
Climate Regulation and Change
101(8)
Geology and Life
109(4)
The Big Picture
109(1)
Review Questions
109(1)
Discussion Questions
110(1)
Problems
110(1)
Web Projects
111
Key Geological Definitions
85(18)
Basic Characteristic of Light
103(5)
Movie Madness: Flintstones and Dinosaurs
108(5)
The Origin and Evolution of life on Earth
113(32)
Searching for Life's Origins
114(5)
How Did Life Begin?
119(5)
Early Evolution and the Rise of Oxygen
124(3)
Eukaryotic Evolution: From a Slow Start to an Explosion of Diversity
127(3)
Impacts and Extinctions
130(8)
Human Evolution
138(7)
The Big Picture
141(1)
Review Questions
142(1)
Discussion Questions
142(1)
Problems
142(1)
Web Projects
143
Common Misconceptions: Ozone-Good or Bad?
118(13)
Movie Madness: Armageddon
131(14)
Searching for life in Our Solar System
145(24)
Environmental Requirements for Life
146(4)
Exploring the Solar System
150(10)
A Biological Tour of the Solar System
160(9)
The Big Picture
166(1)
Review Questions
166(1)
Discussion Questions
166(1)
Problems
166(1)
Web Projects
167
Movie Madness: 2001-A Space Odyssey
162(7)
Mars
169(34)
Fantasies of Martian Civilization
170(2)
A Current Assessment of the Habitability of Mars
172(16)
Searching for Life on Mars
188(2)
Martian Meteorites
190(6)
Future Exploration of Mars
196(7)
The Big Picture
201(1)
Review Questions
201(1)
Discussion Questions
202(1)
Problems
202(1)
Web Projects
202
Movie Madness: Missions to Mars
171(2)
The Face on Mars
173(30)
Life on Jovian Moons
203(24)
Icy Moons of the Outer Solar System
204(6)
Europa: The Water World?
210(8)
Ganymede and Callisto
218(2)
Titan and Beyond
220(7)
The Big Picture
225(1)
Review Questions
225(1)
Discussion Questions
225(1)
Problems
225(1)
Web Projects
226
Movie Madness: 2010: The Year We Make Contact
210(6)
A Crazed and Cracked World
216(11)
The Nature and Evolution of Habitability
227(18)
The Concept of a Habitable Zone
228(1)
Comparative Planetary Evolutions: The Case of Venus
229(4)
Surface Habitability Factors
233(2)
The Sun's Habitable Zone
235(4)
The Future of Life on Earth
239(6)
The Big Picture
243(1)
Review Questions
243(1)
Discussion Questions
243(1)
Problems
244(1)
Web Projects
244
Movie Madness: The: Time Machine
233(7)
Five Billion Years
240(5)
The Search for Habitable Worlds
245(28)
Are Habitable Planets Common?
246(1)
Distant Suns
247(7)
Extrasolar Planets: Discoveries and Implications
254(12)
Signatures of Habitability and Life
266(1)
Are Earth-like Planets Rare or Common?
266(7)
The Big Picture
270(1)
Review Questions
270(1)
Discussion Questions
270(1)
Problems
271(1)
Web Projects
272
The Development of Solar System Formation Theory
246(2)
Movie Madness: Star Wars
248(7)
What Is a Planet?
255(18)
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
273(24)
What is SETI Searching For?
274(4)
The Question of Intelligence
278(9)
The SETI Context
287(2)
SETI Today
289(4)
Considerations of SETI Success
293(4)
The Big Picture
295(1)
Review Questions
295(1)
Discussion Questions
295(1)
Problems
296(1)
Web Projects
296
Frank Drake and His Equation
276(6)
Movie Madness: Contact
282(5)
How Will We Decode an Alien Message?
287(10)
Interstellar Travel
297(26)
The Challenge of Interstellar Travel
298(4)
Leaving Earth
302(2)
``Conventional'' Interstellar Spacecraft
304(5)
Relativistic Rocketry
309(4)
Wormholes and Hyperspace
313(2)
Are Aliens Already Here?
315(8)
The Big Picture
319(1)
Review Questions
319(1)
Discussion Questions
320(1)
Problems
320(1)
Web Projects
321
Relativity and the Cosmic Speed Limit
300(10)
Movie Madness: Star Trek
310(13)
The Fermi Paradox
323(14)
Where Is Everybody?
324(1)
The Age of Civilization
325(3)
Galactic Colonization
328(3)
Possible Solutions to the Paradox
331(3)
The Astonishing Implications of the Fermi Paradox
334(3)
The Big Picture
335(1)
Review Questions
335(1)
Discussion Questions
335(1)
Problems
335(1)
Web Projects
336(1)
Contact---Implications of the Search and Discovery
337(1)
Is There Life Elsewhere?
338(2)
Extraterrestrial Life and the Human Condition
340(5)
The Big Picture
345(1)
Essay or Discussion Questions
345
Extraterrestrial Life and Religion
342
Movie Madness: ET
344
APPENDIXES
Appendix A Useful Numbers
1(1)
Appendix B A Few Mathematical Skills
2(9)
Appendix C The Periodic Table of the Elements
11(1)
Appendix D Chemical Energy for Life
12(5)
Appendix E Planetary Data
17(4)
Appendix F Selected Astrobiology Web Sites
21
Glossary 1(1)
References and Bibliography 1(1)
Credits 1(1)
Index 1


Please wait while the item is added to your cart...