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1 Stevenson, David S Granite Skyscrapers I09144 2018 eBook  
2 Schulze-Makuch, Dirk Life in the Universe I08651 2018 eBook  
3 Ohki, Kazuo Physical Principles of Biomembranes and Cells I08564 2018 eBook  
4 Horneck, Gerda Astrobiology I11151 2002 eBook  
5 Kleidon, Axel Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and the Production of Entropy I08507 2005 eBook  
6 Gargaud, Muriel Young Sun, Early Earth and the Origins of Life I07800 2012 eBook  
7 Amils, Ricardo Encyclopedia of Astrobiology I07242 2011 eBook  
8 Kwok, Sun Stardust I06340 2013 eBook  
9 Halley, J. Woods How Likely is Extraterrestrial Life? I06144 2012 eBook  
10 Webb, Stephen If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY? I05939 2015 eBook  
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TitleGranite Skyscrapers : How Rock Shaped Earth and Other Worlds
Author(s)Stevenson, David S
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2018.
DescriptionXII, 374 p. 81 illus., 70 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteIn this book, David Stevenson offers us a look at the evolution of planets as they move from balls of mixed molten rock to vibrant worlds capable of hosting life. Embedded in our everyday architecture and in the literal ground beneath our feet, granite and its kin lie at the heart of many features of the Earth that we take for granted. From volcanism and mountain building to shifting water levels and local weather patterns, these rocks are closely intertwined with the complex processes that continue to shape and reshape our world. This book serves as a wonderful primer for anybody interested in our planet???s geological past and that of other planets in our Solar System and beyond. It illustrates not only how our planet???s surface evolved, but also how granite played a pivotal role in the creation of complex, intelligent life on Earth. There has long been a missing element in popular astronomy, which Stevenson now aims to fill: how geological and biological evolution work in a complex partnership, and what our planet???s own diversity can teach us about other rocky worlds
ISBN,Price9783319915036
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. ASTRONOMY 3. Biogeosciences 4. COSMOLOGY 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. Geobiology 8. PLANETOLOGY 9. Popular Science in Astronomy
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TitleLife in the Universe : Expectations and Constraints
Author(s)Schulze-Makuch, Dirk;Irwin, Louis N
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2018.
DescriptionXIX, 343 p. 51 illus., 25 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis class-tested textbook examines the basic elements of living systems: energy, chemistry, solvents, and habitats in crucial depth. These elements define the opportunities and limitations for life on other worlds. The book argues that life forms we would recognize may be more common in our solar system than many assume. It also considers, however, the possibility of exotic forms of life based on backbones other than carbon, liquids other than water, and energy other than light. The authors offer an operational definition of life and summarize prevailing thoughts on plausible pathways for the origin of life on Earth and other worlds. They discuss remarkable adaptations to extreme environments, the nature and detection of geo- and biosignatures, the future and fate of living systems, and suggestions for the optimization of future exploratory space missions. The entire text has been thoroughly updated in this third edition, with new sections added on exoplanets, synthetic life, the search for extraterrestrial life, and a tour of the bodies in our Solar System for signs of conditions conducive for life. While informed speculation in this emerging field cannot be avoided, the authors have clearly distinguished between what is known as fact and what are reasonable expectations. They present an objective assessment of the plausibility of life on other worlds that is broad and deep enough for the expert and for use as an advanced text in astrobiology, while avoiding scientific jargon as much as possible to make this intrinsically interdisciplinary subject understandable to a broad range of readers
ISBN,Price9783319976587
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. BIOCHEMISTRY 3. Biochemistry, general 4. Biogeosciences 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. Geobiology 8. MICROBIOLOGY 9. PLANETOLOGY
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TitlePhysical Principles of Biomembranes and Cells
Author(s)Ohki, Kazuo;Miyata, Hidetake
PublicationTokyo, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Japan, 2018.
DescriptionXIII, 170 p. 94 illus., 25 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book describes how biologically available free energy sources (ATP, chemical potential, and membrane potentials, among others) can be used to drive synthetic reactions, signaling in cells, and various types of motion such as membrane traffic, active transport, and cell locomotion. As such, it approaches the concept of the energy cycle of life on Earth from a physical point of view, covering topics ranging from an introduction to chemical evolution, to an examination of the catalytic activity of enzymes associated with the genome in Darwinian evolution. The author introduces the relationship between functions and physical properties in biomembranes, explaining the methods and equipment used in biophysics research to help researchers unravel the still-unsolved mysteries of life. The physical principles needed to understand the cellular functions are provided; these functions are associated with biomembranes and regulated by physical properties of the lipid bilayer such as membrane fluidity, phase transition, and phase separation, as shown in lipid rafts. Other key dynamic aspects of life (cell locomotion, cytoskeletal dynamics, and sensitivities of the cell to physical stimuli such as external forces and temperature) are also discussed. Lastly, readers will learn how life on Earth and its ecological system are maintained by solar energy, and be provided further information on the problems accompanying global warming
ISBN,Price9784431568414
Keyword(s)1. Biogeosciences 2. Biological and Medical Physics, Biophysics 3. BIOLOGICAL PHYSICS 4. BIOPHYSICS 5. Biotechnology 6. CELL BIOLOGY 7. EBOOK 8. EBOOK - SPRINGER 9. Geobiology
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TitleAstrobiology : The Quest for the Conditions of Life
Author(s)Horneck, Gerda;Baumstark-Khan, Christa
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2002.
DescriptionXV, 411 p. 39 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteHow did life originate in the universe? How did it all start after the creation of matter and the formation of elements in the stars? What are the pathways from the first organic molecules in space to the evolution of complex life forms on Earth and perhaps elsewhere? And how will it all end? The Universe itself sets the stage for the very interdisciplinary field of astrobiology that attempts to answer such questions, the central one being: What is the (cosmic) recipe for life? Currently there are only very few known elements in this vast mosaic. This book bridges a gap in the literature by bringing together leading specialists from different backgrounds who lecture on their fields, with close relevance to astrobiology, providing tutorial accounts that lead all the way to the forefront of research. The book will thus be useful for students, lecturers and reseachers alike
ISBN,Price9783642593819
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. Biogeosciences 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. Ecosystems 6. Evolutionary Biology 7. Geobiology 8. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 9. SPACE SCIENCES 10. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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TitleNon-equilibrium Thermodynamics and the Production of Entropy : Life, Earth, and Beyond
Author(s)Kleidon, Axel;Lorenz, Ralph D
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2005.
DescriptionXX, 264 p : online resource
Abstract NoteThe present volume studies the application of concepts from non-equilibrium thermodynamics to a variety of research topics. Emphasis is on the Maximum Entropy Production (MEP) principle and applications to Geosphere-Biosphere couplings. Written by leading researchers form a wide range of background, the book proposed to give a first coherent account of an emerging field at the interface of thermodynamics, geophysics and life sciences
ISBN,Price9783540323594
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES 3. Biogeosciences 4. COMPLEX SYSTEMS 5. DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS 6. EBOOK 7. EBOOK - SPRINGER 8. Geobiology 9. GEOPHYSICS 10. Geophysics/Geodesy 11. STATISTICAL PHYSICS 12. THERMODYNAMICS
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TitleYoung Sun, Early Earth and the Origins of Life : Lessons for Astrobiology
Author(s)Gargaud, Muriel;Martin, Herv??;L??pez-Garc??a, Purificaci??n;Montmerle, Thierry;Pascal, Robert
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2012.
DescriptionXII, 301 p. 303 illus., 250 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteHow did the Sun come into existence? - How was the Earth formed? - How long has Earth been the way it is now, with its combination of oceans and continents? - How do you define ???life???? - How did the first life forms emerge? - What conditions made it possible for living things to evolve? All these questions are answered in this colourful textbook addressing undergraduate students in "Origins of Life" courses and the scientifically interested public. The authors take the reader on an amazing voyage through time, beginning five thousand million years ago in a cloud of interstellar dust and ending five hundred million years ago, when the living world that we see today was finally formed. A chapter on exoplanets provides an overview of the search for planets outside the solar system, especially for habitable ones. The appendix closes the book with a glossary, a bibliography of further readings and a summary of the Origins of the Earth and life in??fourteen boxes
ISBN,Price9783642225529
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. Biogeosciences 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. Evolutionary Biology 6. Geobiology 7. PLANETOLOGY 8. SPACE SCIENCES 9. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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TitleEncyclopedia of Astrobiology
Author(s)Amils, Ricardo;Cernicharo Quintanilla, Jos??;Cleaves, Henderson James;Irvine, William M;Pinti, Daniele;Viso, Michel
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2011.
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Abstract NoteThe interdisciplinary field of Astrobiology constitutes a joint arena where provocative discoveries are coalescing concerning, e.g. the prevalence of exoplanets, the diversity and hardiness of life, and its increasingly likely chances for its emergence. Biologists, astrophysicists, biochemists, geoscientists and space scientists share this exciting mission of revealing the origin and commonality of life in the Universe. The members of the different disciplines are used to their own terminology and technical language. In the interdisciplinary environment many terms either have redundant meanings or are completely unfamiliar to members of other disciplines. The Encyclopedia of Astrobiology serves as the key to a common understanding. Each new or experienced researcher and graduate student in adjacent fields of astrobiology will appreciate this reference work in the quest to understand the big picture. The carefully selected group of active researchers contributing to this work and the expert field editors intend for their contributions, from an internationally comprehensive perspective, to accelerate the interdisciplinary advance of astrobiology
ISBN,Price9783642112744
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. ASTROPHYSICS 3. Astrophysics and Astroparticles 4. BIOCHEMISTRY 5. Biochemistry, general 6. Biogeosciences 7. Bioorganic Chemistry 8. EBOOK 9. EBOOK - SPRINGER 10. Geobiology 11. PLANETOLOGY
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TitleStardust : The Cosmic Seeds of Life
Author(s)Kwok, Sun
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2013.
DescriptionXXII, 267 p. 74 illus., 50 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteHow did life originate on Earth? For over 50 years, scientists believed that life was the result of a chemical reaction involving simple molecules such as methane and ammonia cooking in a primordial soup. Recent space observations have revealed that old stars are capable of making very complex organic compounds. At some point in their evolution, stars eject those organics and spread them all over the Milky Way galaxy. There is evidence that these organic dust particles actually reached the early Solar System. Through bombardments by comets and asteroids, the young Earth inherited significant amounts of stardust. Was the development of life assisted by the arrival of these extraterrestrial materials? ?? In this book, the author describes stunning discoveries in astronomy and solar system science made over the last 10 years that have yielded a new perspective on the origin of life. ?? Other interesting topics discussed in this book ?? The discovery of diamonds and other gemstones in space The origin of oil Neon signs and fluorescent lights in space Smoke from the stars Stardust in our hands Where oceans come from The possibility of bacteria in space About the author ?? Sun Kwok is a leading world authority on the subject of astrochemistry and stellar evolution. He is best known for his theory on the origin of planetary nebulae and the death of Sun-like stars. His most recent research has been on the synthesis of complex organic compounds in the late stages of stellar evolution. He is the author of a number of books, including Cosmic Butterflies: The Colorful Mysteries of Planetary Nebulae
ISBN,Price9783642328022
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. ASTRONOMY 3. ASTROPHYSICS 4. Astrophysics and Astroparticles 5. Biogeosciences 6. EBOOK 7. EBOOK - SPRINGER 8. Geobiology 9. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 10. Popular Science in Astronomy 11. SPACE SCIENCES 12. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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TitleHow Likely is Extraterrestrial Life?
Author(s)Halley, J. Woods
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2012.
DescriptionIX, 151 p. 49 illus., 27 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteWhat does existing scientific knowledge about physics, chemistry, meteorology and biology tell us about the likelihood of extraterrestrial life and civilizations? And what does the fact that there is currently no credible scientific evidence for the existence of extraterrestrial biospheres or civilizations teach?? us? This book reviews the various scientific issues that arise in considering the question of how common extraterrestrial life is likely to be in our galaxy and whether humans are likely to detect it. The book stands out because of its very systematic organization and relatively unbiased treatment of the main open question. It covers all relevant aspects of many disciplines required to present the different???? possible answers. It has and will provide undergraduates with a stimulating introduction to many of these fields at an early stage in their university careers, when they are still choosing a specialty. The difficulties and the range of possible answers to the title question are carefully addressed in the light of present understanding. The resulting perspective is distinctly different from those suggested by most other books on this topic
ISBN,Price9783642227547
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. Biogeosciences 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. Geobiology 6. PLANETOLOGY 7. SPACE SCIENCES 8. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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TitleIf the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY? : Seventy-Five Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life
Author(s)Webb, Stephen
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2015.
DescriptionXV, 434 p. 70 illus., 18 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteGiven the fact that there are perhaps 400 billion stars in our Galaxy alone, and perhaps 400 billion galaxies in the Universe, it stands to reason that somewhere out there, in the 14-billion-year-old cosmos, there is or once was a civilization at least as advanced as our own. The sheer enormity of the numbers almost demands that we accept the truth of this hypothesis. Why, then, have we encountered no evidence, no messages, no artifacts of these extraterrestrials??? In this second, significantly revised and expanded edition of his widely popular book, Webb discusses in detail the (for now!) 75 most cogent and intriguing solutions to Fermi's famous paradox: If the numbers strongly point to the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations, why have we found no evidence of them? Reviews from the first edition: ??"Amidst the plethora of books that treat the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligence, this one by Webb ??? is outstanding. ??? Each solution is presented in a very logical, interesting, thorough manner with accompanying explanations and notes that the intelligent layperson can understand. Webb digs into the issues ??? by considering a very broad set of in-depth solutions that he addresses through an interesting and challenging mode of presentation that stretches the mind. ??? An excellent book for anyone who has ever asked ???Are we alone????." (W. E. Howard III, Choice, March, 2003) "Fifty ideas are presented ??? that reveal a clearly reasoned examination of what is known as ???The Fermi Paradox???. ??? For anyone who enjoys a good detective story, or using their thinking faculties and stretching the imagination to the limits ??? ???Where is everybody??? will be enormously informative and entertaining. ??? Read this book, and whatever your views are about life elsewhere in the Universe, your appreciation for how special life is here on Earth will be enhanced! A worthy addition to any personal library." (Philip Bridle, BBC Radio, March, 2003) Since gaining a BSc in physics from the University of Bristol and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Manchester, Stephen Webb has worked in a variety of universities in the UK.??He is a regular contributor to the Yearbook of Astronomy series and has published an undergraduate textbook on distance determination in astronomy and cosmology as well as several popular science books. His interest in the Fermi paradox combines lifelong interests in both science and science fiction
ISBN,Price9783319132365
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. ASTRONOMY 3. Biogeosciences 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. Geobiology 7. PLANETOLOGY 8. Popular Science in Astronomy 9. SPACE SCIENCES 10. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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