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1 Steven E. Vigdor Signatures of the artist: The Vital Imperfections That Make Our Universe Habitable OB1455 2018 eBook  
2 David A. Rothery (Ed.) Introduction to astrobiology 026487 2018 Book  
3 Peter Ulmschneider Intelligent life in the universe: Principles and Requirements Behind Its Emergence 025269 2006 Book  
4 Rebecca Stott Darwin's ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists 024770 2012 Book  
5 Chris Impey (ed.) Frontiers of astrobiology 024713 2012 Book  
6 Peter Shaver Cosmic heritage: Evolution from the big bang to conscious life 024237 2011 Book  
7 John D. Barrow (Ed.) Fitness of the cosmos for life: Biochemistry and fine - tuning 023806 2008 Book  
8 Muriel Gargaud (ed.) Origins and evolution of life: An astrobiological perspective 023636 2011 Book  
9 Stephen Hawking Grand design: New answers to the ultimate questions of life 023599 2010 Book  
10 Janaki Wickramasinghe Comets and the origin of life 022788 2010 Book  
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TitleSignatures of the artist: The Vital Imperfections That Make Our Universe Habitable
Author(s)Steven E. Vigdor
PublicationOxford University Press 2018.
Abstract NoteThis book provides a nonmathematical survey of the past half-century of research in particle physics, nuclear physics, and cosmology bearing on the physical conditions that allow our universe to support the development of structure and the origins of life. These conditions rely on a surprising number of tiny imperfections—deviations from perfect symmetry (i.e., symmetry violations), homogeneity, or predictability—that seem mysteriously fine-tuned. The emphasis here is on the intricate tapestry of elegant experiments that have revealed and quantified these imperfections, as well as on theoretical efforts to understand how the imperfections arose in the infant universe. Among the topics covered are: the dominance of matter over antimatter (i.e., matter–antimatter asymmetry); the existence and intermixing of three generations of quarks and leptons; the stability of hydrogen and synthesis of other elements essential for life; the longevity and energy budget of the universe; the remaining mysteries surrounding dark matter, dark energy, and the postulated inflationary expansion of space in the infant universe; the fundamental role of randomness in quantum mechanics, in generating the first biomolecules and in biological evolution; the apparent perching of the vacuum state in our universe on the edge between stability and meta-stability; and philosophical questions, including the possibility of a multiverse, surrounding the interpretation of a universe that exhibits such fine-tuning. On all of these issues, the book clarifies what we know and how we know it, as distinct from what we speculate and how we might test it.
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Keyword(s)1. COSMOLOGY 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 4. NUCLEAR PHYSICS 5. ORIGIN OF LIFE 6. PARTICLE PHYSICS
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TitleIntroduction to astrobiology
Author(s)David A. Rothery (Ed.);Iain Gilmour (ed.);Mark A. Sephton (ed.)
Edition3rd ed.
PublicationCambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Descriptionvi, 392p.
Abstract NoteHow did life on Earth begin? How common is it elsewhere in the Universe? Written and edited by planetary scientists and astrobiologists, this undergraduate-level textbook provides an introduction to the origin and nature of life, the habitable environments in our solar system and the techniques most successfully used for discovery and characterisation of exoplanets. This third edition has been thoroughly revised to embrace the latest developments in this field. Updated topics include the origins of water on Earth, the exploration of habitable environments on Mars, Europa and Enceladus, and the burgeoning discoveries in exoplanetary systems. Ideal for introductory courses on the subject, the textbook is also well-suited for self-study. It highlights important concepts and techniques in boxed summaries, with questions and exercises throughout the text, with full solutions provided.
ISBN,Price9781108430838 : £ 44.99(PB)
Classification524.8-88
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. EXOPLANETARY SYSTEMS 3. EXTRATERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE 4. HABITABLE WORLD 5. ICY BODIES 6. ORIGIN OF LIFE 7. ORIGINS OF WATER 8. TITAN
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TitleIntelligent life in the universe: Principles and Requirements Behind Its Emergence
Author(s)Peter Ulmschneider
Edition2nd
PublicationBerlin, 1. Springer 2. Springer-Verlag, 2006.
Descriptionxiii, 310p.
Series(Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics)
Abstract NoteThis book examines the origins, development and fate of intelligent species in the observable part of our universe. It scrutinizes what kind of information about extraterrestrial intelligent life can be inferred from our own biological, cultural and scientific evolution and the likely future of mankind. There is emphasis on the geological conditions and consequences of life's conquest of land as the pre-condition for the emergence of life with our type of technical intelligence.
ISBN,Price9783540328360 : Euro 104.99(HB)
Classification524.85
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. BIOASTRONOMY 3. EVOLUTION 4. EXOBIOLOGY 5. EXTRATERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE 6. EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE 7. ORIGIN OF LIFE
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TitleDarwin's ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists
Author(s)Rebecca Stott
PublicationLondon, Bloomsbury, 2012.
Descriptionxv, 383p.
Abstract NoteSoon after the publication of On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin received an unsettling letter that accused him of taking credit for a theory that had already been discovered by others. Realizing his error of omission, Darwin tried to trace all of the natural philosophers who had laid the groundwork for his theory, but he found that history had already forgotten many of them. Rebecca Stott goes in search of these ghosts, telling the epic story of the discovery of evolution and natural selection from Aristotle to the ninth-century Arab writer Al-Jahiz to Leonardo da Vinci to the brilliant naturalists of the Jardin des Plantes to Alfred Wallace and Erasmus Darwin, and finally to Charles Darwin himself. Evolution was not discovered single-handedly. It was an idea that was advanced over centuries by daring individuals across the globe who had the imagination to speculate on nature’s extraordinary ways—and the courage to articulate such speculations at a time when to do so was often considered heresy.
ISBN,Price9781408809082 : Rs. 1705.00(HB)
Classification92:575.8
Keyword(s)1. BIOGRAPHY - EVOLUTIONISTS 2. EVOLUTIONISTS - BIOGRAPHY 3. ORIGIN OF LIFE
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TitleFrontiers of astrobiology
Author(s)Chris Impey (ed.);Jonathan Lunine (ed.);Jose Funes (ed.)
PublicationCambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Descriptionxi, 323p.
Abstract NoteAstrobiology is an exciting interdisciplinary field that seeks to answer one of the most important and profound questions: are we alone? In this volume, leading international experts explore the frontiers of astrobiology, investigating the latest research questions that will fascinate a wide interdisciplinary audience at all levels. What is the earliest evidence for life on Earth? Where are the most likely sites for life in the Solar System? Could life have evolved elsewhere in the Galaxy? What are the best strategies for detecting intelligent extraterrestrial life? How many habitable or Earth-like exoplanets are there? Progress in astrobiology over the past decade has been rapid and, with evidence accumulating that Mars once hosted standing bodies of liquid water, the discovery of over 500 exoplanets and new insights into how life began on Earth, the scientific search for our origins and place in the cosmos continues.
ISBN,Price9781107006416 : UKP 30.00(HB)
Classification524.8-88
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 4. EXOPLANETS 5. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS 6. ORIGIN OF LIFE 7. ORIGIN OF PLANETS
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TitleCosmic heritage: Evolution from the big bang to conscious life
Author(s)Peter Shaver
PublicationBerlin, 1. Springer 2. Springer-Verlag, 2011.
Description268p.
Abstract Noteis book follows the evolutionary trail all the way from the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago to conscious life today. It is an accessible introductory book written for the interested layperson – anyone interested in the ‘big picture’ coming from modern science. It covers a wide range of topics including the origin and evolution of our universe, the nature and origin of life, the evolution of life including questions of birth and death, the evolution of cognition, the nature of consciousness, the possibility of extraterrestrial life and the future of the universe. The book is written in a narrative style, as these topics are all parts of a single story. It concludes with a discussion on the nature and future of science.
ISBN,Price9783642202612 : EUR 34.95(PB)
Classification524.8
Keyword(s)1. COSMOLOGY 2. EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUSNES 3. EVOLUTION OF LIFE 4. EVOLUTION OF THE UNIVERSE 5. ORIGIN OF LIFE
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TitleFitness of the cosmos for life: Biochemistry and fine - tuning
Author(s)John D. Barrow (Ed.);Simon Conway morris (Ed.);Stephen J. freeland (Ed.);Charles l. Harper Jr. (Ed.)
PublicationCambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Descriptionxxiii, 501p.
Series(Cambridge Astrobiology)
Abstract NoteThis highly interdisciplinary book highlights many of the ways in which chemistry plays a crucial role in making life an evolutionary possibility in the universe. Cosmologists and particle physicists have often explored how the observed laws and constants of nature lie within a narrow range that allows complexity and life to evolve and adapt. Here, these anthropic considerations are diversified in a host of new ways to identify the most sensitive features of biochemistry and astrobiology. Celebrating the classic 1913 work of Lawrence J. Henderson, The Fitness of the Environment for Life, this book looks at the delicate balance between chemistry and the ambient conditions in the universe that permit complex chemical networks and structures to exist. It will appeal to a broad range of scientists, academics, and others interested in the origin and existence of life in our universe.
ISBN,Price9780521871020 : UKP 75.00(HB)
Classification523.4-88
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. BIOCHEMISTRY 3. EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE 4. ORIGIN OF LIFE
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TitleOrigins and evolution of life: An astrobiological perspective
Author(s)Muriel Gargaud (ed.);Purificacion Lopez-Garcia (ed.);Herve Martin (ed.)
PublicationCambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Descriptionxix, 526p.;
Abstract NoteDevoted to exploring questions about the origin and evolution of life in our Universe, this highly interdisciplinary book brings together a broad array of scientists. Thirty chapters assembled in eight major sections convey the knowledge accumulated and the richness of the debates generated by this challenging theme. The text explores the latest research on the conditions and processes that led to the emergence of life on Earth and, by extension, perhaps on other planetary bodies. Diverse sources of knowledge are integrated, from astronomical and geophysical data, to the role of water, the origin of minimal life properties and the oldest traces of biological activity on our planet. This text will not only appeal to graduate students but to the large body of scientists interested in the challenges presented by the origin of life, its evolution, and its possible existence beyond Earth.
ISBN,Price9780521761314 : UKP 70.00(HB)
Classification524.8-88:573.5
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 3. EVOLUTION OF LIFE 4. ORIGIN OF LIFE
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TitleGrand design: New answers to the ultimate questions of life
Author(s)Stephen Hawking;Leonard Mlodinow
PublicationLondon, Bantam Press, 2010.
Description199p.
Abstract NoteThe Grand Design explains the latest thoughts about model-dependent realism (the idea that there is no one version of reality), and about the multiverse concept of reality in which there are many universes. There are new ideas about the top-down theory of cosmology (the idea that there is no one history of the universe, but that every possible history exists). It concludes with a riveting assessment of m-theory, and discusses whether it is the unified theory Einstein spent a lifetime searching for.
ISBN,Price9780593058305 : Rs. 599.00(PB)
Classification524.8-88
Keyword(s)1. ORIGIN OF LIFE 2. ORIGIN OF UNIVERSE
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TitleComets and the origin of life
Author(s)Janaki Wickramasinghe;Chandra Wickramasinghe;William Napier
PublicationNew Jersey, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., 2010.
Descriptionix, 221p.
ISBN,Price9789812566355 : US $55.00(HB)
Classification523.64:524.8-88
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. COMETS 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - WORLD SCIENTIFIC 5. ORIGIN OF LIFE
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