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Life in the Universe [Hardcover]

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Energy, chemistry, solvents, and habitats - the basic elements of living systems- define the opportunitiesand 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. It also considers, however, exotic forms of life that would not have to rely on carbon asthe basic chemical element, solar energy asthe main energy source, or water as the primary solvent. Finally the question of detecting bio- and geosignature of such life forms is discussed, ranging from earth environments to deep space. While speculative considerations in this emerging field of science cannot be avoided, the authors have tried to present their study with the breadth and seriousness that a scientific approach to this issue requires. They seek an operational definition of life and investigate the realm of possibilities that nature offers to realize this very special state of matter and avoid scientific jargon wherever possible to make this intrinsically interdisciplinary subject understandable to a broad range of readers.

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Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.5" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 19, 2004
Publisher   Springer
ISBN  3540206272  
ISBN13  9783540206279  

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Useful insights on the potential for life elsewhere  Oct 14, 2004
This is not a comprehensive astrobiology text. Instead, it pursues a few key topics to a depth rarely found in other works. These include the definition of life, lessons from the history of life on Earth, possible sources for life, the importance of carbon as opposed to silicon, alternatives to water as a solvent, and signatures of life. It's well worth reading for anyone who is interested in the topic.

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