Akihiko Yamagishi, Takeshi Kakegawa, Tomohiro Usui
Springer; 1st edition
This ebook Astrobiology: From the Origins of Life to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (PDF) provides cutting-edge and concise reviews in astrobiology; a still emerging and young multidisciplinary field of science that addresses the fundamental questions of how life originated and diversified on Earth; what is the future for life on Earth and whether life exists beyond Earth. Readers will find coverage of the latest understanding of a wide range of fascinating topics; including; for example; solar system formation; the history of Earth as revealed by geology; the origins of life; the evolution of intelligence on Earth; the implications of genome data; insights from extremophile research; and the possible existence of life on other planets within and beyond the solar system. Every chapter contains a brief summary of the current status of the topic under discussion; sufficient references to enable more detailed study; and descriptions of recent findings and forthcoming missions or anticipated research. Written by leading experts in planetary science; astronomy; geoscience; biology; chemistry; and physics; this insightful and thought-provoking ebook will appeal to all scientists and students who are interested in space and life.