Origins of Life in the Universe (Paperback)
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Origins of Life in the Universe (Paperback)

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Paperback 444 Pages / Published: 23/10/2008
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This concise and highly illustrated textbook traces the evolution of the Cosmos from the Big Bang to the development of intelligent life on Earth, conveying clear science in an engaging narrative. By mapping the history of the Universe for introductory science and astrobiology courses for non-science majors, this book allows many of the most fascinating questions in science to be explored. What is the origin of the Universe? How do stars and planets form? How does life begin? How did intelligence arise? Are we alone in the Cosmos? Physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and geology are combined to create a chronicle of events in which the swirling vapors in the primordial cloud of the Universe evolved over billions of years into conscious life. Outlining, the latest discoveries in astrobiology, this textbook is suffused with the excitement of this fast-moving field. Instructor and student support is provided at www.cambridge.org/jastrow.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521532839
Number of pages: 444
Weight: 1130 g
Dimensions: 246 x 190 x 28 mm


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'This book is a great introduction to the grand journey of 14 billion years of cosmic evolution from the Big Bang to human evolution! It presents a sweeping synthesis of the sciences ranging from astronomy and astrophysics to planetology, geology, climatology, evolution of life and molecular biology and makes an original and exciting text for a general introductory science course for non-science majors. The text flows smoothly from one topic to another, covering the latest developments in many fields. ... this book has the potential to become a well-received text, and the basis for a popular, exciting science course.' Vivien Gornitz, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
'Extraordinarily well written, a very pleasant learning experience for me ... Jastrow and Rampino have written a remarkable text that should be read by all undergraduates who require a science distributive. Their lucid and entertaining presentation takes the reader through a roller coaster ride covering 14 billion years of cosmic and biological evolution.' Edward Berger, Professor of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College
'Jastrow and Rampino have managed a tour-de-force - from the origin of the universe to the emergence of life on Earth and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Their book makes engaging reading and provides an excellent first overview of this subject for non-specialists.' Christian Koeberl, Professor of Geological Sciences (Geochemistry), University of Vienna
'Robert Jastrow (an astronomer) and Michael Rampino (an Earth scientist) have now taken a comprehensive look at astrobiology in an accessible, well-written text aimed at undergraduate students who do not pursue science as a principal subject. ... this book gives an extremely comprehensive understanding of the evolution of life and the possibility for life beyond our own planet, and it should serve as an excellent textbook for an introductory astrobiology course.' Nature Geoscience
'... a great book ... beautifully illustrated ... breaks new ground ... it is a book which, for the first time, allows a general reader to grasp the wonders of our Universe and of life at a deeper and more logical level.' Contemporary Physics

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