Vera M. Kolb
CRC Press; 1st edition
The PDF document titled Astrobiology: An Evolutionary Approach offers a comprehensive course in astrobiology that places an emphasis on evolutionary theory and abiogenesis. The e-book shows astrobiology not only as an emerging field of study but also as the one that will dominate in the years to come.
Both contemporary scientific inquiry and traditional philosophical inquiry continue to focus on the question of whether or not life may have arisen elsewhere in the universe. These subjects continue to develop with the passage of time, just as our knowledge of life itself and the rules governing chemical and biological evolution do as well. The purpose of the book “Astrobiology: An Evolutionary Approach” is to not only lay a basis for the study of astrobiology but also to describe the most difficult topics and difficulties now facing the subject.
The first section of the book is an outline of astrobiology, which covers topics such as the beginning of elements and the formation of planets, the solar system, and extrasolar planets. Other subjects that are discussed include the prebiotic synthesis of biochemical chemicals; the shift from biotic to abiotic; microbes in space; the roles of silicon in life; the encapsulation of organic materials in protocells; the cold and dry limits of virolution; life; and more.
The contributors investigate many facets of astrobiology, mirroring the interesting trips that they have had in their own study. Students in higher education will be motivated to investigate the vast array of opportunities available in astrobiology by reading this book. Because the ebook contains a glossary of words, questions at the conclusion of each chapter, and recommended readings, it is ideally suited for use as a textbook in a classroom setting.