Astrobiology: An Evolutionary Approach

Download Astrobiology: An Evolutionary Approach written by Vera M. Kolb in PDF format. This book is under the category Astronomy and bearing the isbn/isbn13 number 1466584610/9781466584617. You may reffer the table below for additional details of the book.


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Vera M. Kolb


CRC Press; 1st edition




504 pages









Book Description

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.

Table of contents

Table of contents :
Content: Astrobiology: an overview / Aaron David Goldman —
Origin of elements and formation of solar system, planets and exoplanets / Ken Rice —
Astrobiology education and public outreach / Timothy F. Slater —
Analysis of extraterrestrial organic matter in Murchison meteorite: a progress report / Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Mourad Harir, Basem Kanawati, Régis Gougeon, Franco Moritz, Norbert Hertkorn, R. Sonny Clary, Istvan Gebefügi, and Zelimir Gabelica —
Prebiotic syntheses of biochemical compounds: an overview / Henderson James (Jim) Cleaves —
Biochemical pathways as evidence for prebiotic syntheses / Gene D. McDonald —
Roles of silicon in life on earth and elsewhere / Joseph B. Lambert and Senthil Andavan Gurusamy-Thangavelu —
Fossil records for early life on earth / David Wacey —
Prebiotic chemistry: in water and in the solid state / Vera M. Kolb —
Encapsulation of organic materials in protocells / Erica A. Frankel, Daniel C. Dewey, and Christine D. Keating —
Role of phosphorus in prebiotic chemistry / Matthew Pasek —
Cold and dry limits of life / Christopher P. McKay, Alfonso F. Davila, and Henry J. Sun —
Microorganisms in space / Gerda Horneck and Ralf Moeller —
Search for life on Mars: an astrogeological approach / Jesús Martínez-Frías —
Elusive definition of life: a survey of main ideas / Radu Popa —
Language and communication as universal requirements for life / Guenther Witzany —
Transition from abiotic to biotic: is there an algorithm for it? / Sara Imari Walker —
Extraterrestrial life: what are we looking for? / Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Louis N. Irwin, and Alberto G. Fairén —
Evolutionary approach to viruses in astrobiology / Matti Jalasvuori and Jaana K.H. Bamford —
Virolution can help us understand the origin of life / Luis P. Villarreal —
Can virolution help us understand recent human evolution? / Luis P. Villarreal

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