Astrobiology: A Brief Introduction (Hardback)
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Astrobiology: A Brief Introduction (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 07/07/2006
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Is there anybody out there? Is ET trying to phone home? In the past decade or so, astrobiology has come of age. Once regarded as a laughing stock - physicists turned Roswell freaks - astrobiologists are increasingly greatly in number. Their subject is one of the few that has actually seen an increase in funding in recent years. Astrobiology blends astronomy, chemistry, and biology to search for amino acids and other building blocks of life. Practitioners seek new planets beyond our solar system, to seek out new life forms, to boldly go...Questions are posed, such as whether all life must be carbon based, whether only Earthlike planets can support life, and whether there "can be life, Jim, but not as we know it." This book is probably the first serious yet accessible book written on the subject. Plaxco is a chemist, Gross a molecular biologist and popular science writer.

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 9780801883668
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"The authors have provided a comprehensive yet concise introduction to the field." -- The Space Review


"Certainly the most readable introduction to astrobiology now available." -- Chemical and Engineering News


"Well-written... Technical enough to demand some background in physics, chemistry, and earth science, general readers will benefit from it." -- Choice


"Plaxco and Gross bring us as close to aliens as we can currently get. I recommend this book to anyone interested in science's newest kid on the block." -- Steve Ringwood, Astronomy Now


"Comprehensive... A good read for all those who are fascinated by the search for extraterrestrial life and the origin of life on our own planet. I shall certainly value it in my own library." -- Anthony Campbell, Chemistry World


Plaxco and Gross bring us as close to aliens as we can currently get. I recommend this book to anyone interested in science's newest kid on the block.--Steve Ringwood"Astronomy Now" (01/01/2006)


Comprehensive... A good read for all those who are fascinated by the search for extraterrestrial life and the origin of life on our own planet. I shall certainly value it in my own library.--Anthony Campbell"Chemistry World" (01/01/2007)

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