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1 edited by Constance M. Bertka Exploring the origin, extent, and future of life OB0722 Book  
2 [edited by] Steven J. Dick The impact of discovering life beyond Earth OB0648 Book  
3 Chris Impey The living cosmos OB0597 Book  
4 Chandra Wickramasinghe Search for our cosmic ancestry 025956 2015 Book  
5 Ludmilla Kolokolova (ed.) Polarimetry of stars and planetary systems 026008 2015 Book  
6 Peter Ulmschneider Intelligent life in the universe: Principles and Requirements Behind Its Emergence 025269 2006 Book  
7 Alan Boss Crowded universe: The search for living planets 022616 2009 Book  
8 Muriel Gargaud (ed.) Lectures in astrobiology volume 1 020675 2005 Book  
9 Nikos Prantzos Our cosmic future : Humanity's fate in the universe 016543 2000 Book  
10 Steven J. Dick Life on other worlds : The 20th-century extraterrestrial life debate 016192 1998 Book  
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TitleExploring the origin, extent, and future of life : philosophical, ethical, and theological perspectives
Author(s)edited by Constance M. Bertka
Description1 online resource (xi, 324 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
Abstract NoteWhere did we come from? Are we alone? Where are we going? These are the questions that define the field of astrobiology. New discoveries about life on Earth, the increasing numbers of extrasolar planets being identified, and the technologies being developed to locate and characterize Earth-like planets around other stars are continually challenging our views of nature and our connection to the rest of the universe. In this book, philosophers, historians, ethicists, and theologians provide the perspectives of their fields on the research and discoveries of astrobiology. A valuable resource for graduate students and researchers, the book provides an introduction to astrobiology, and explores subjects such as the implications of current origin of life research, the possible discovery of extraterrestrial microbial life, and the possibility of altering the environment of Mars
Contents NoteAstrobiology in a societal context / Constance M. Bertka -- Emergence and the experimental pursuit of the origin of life / Robert M. Hazen -- From Aristotle to Darwin, to Freeman Dyson : changing definitions of life viewed in a historical context / James E. Strick -- Philosophical aspects of the origin-of-life problem : the emergence of life and the nature of science / Iris Fry -- The origin of terrestrial life : a Christian perspective / Ernan McMullin -- The alpha and the omega : reflections on the origin and future of life from the perspective of Christian theology and ethics / Celia Deane-Drummond -- A biologist's guide to the solar system / Lynn J. Rothschild -- The quest for habitable worlds and life beyond the solar system / Carl B. Pilcher and Jack J. Lissauer -- A historical perspective on the extent and search for life / Steven J. Dick -- The search for extraterrestrial life : epistemology, ethics, and worldviews / Mark Lupisella -- The implications of discovering extraterrestrial life : different searches, different issues / Margaret S. Race -- God, evolution, and astrobiology / Cynthia S.W. Crysdale -- Planetary ecosynthesis on Mars : restoration ecology and environmental ethics / Christopher P. McKay -- The trouble with intrinsic value : an ethical primer for astrobiology / Kelly C. Smith -- God's preferential option for life : a Christian perspective on astrobiology / Richard O. Randolph -- Comparing stories about the origin, extent, and future of life : an Asian religious perspective / Francisca Cho
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Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 3. EXOBIOLOGY 4. LIFE
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TitleThe impact of discovering life beyond Earth
Author(s)[edited by] Steven J. Dick
Description1 online resource (ix, 356 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
Abstract NoteThe search for life in the Universe, once the domain of science fiction, is now a robust research program with a well-defined roadmap, from studying the extremes of life on Earth to exploring the possible niches for life in the Solar System and discovering thousands of planets far beyond it. In addition to constituting a major scientific endeavor, astrobiology is one of the most popular topics in astronomy, and is of growing interest to a broad community of thinkers from across the academic spectrum. In this volume, distinguished philosophers, theologians, anthropologists, historians and scientists discuss the big questions about how the discovery of extraterrestrial life, whether intelligent or microbial, would impact society. Their remarkable and often surprising findings challenge our foundational concepts of what the discovery of alien life may hold for humankind. Written in easily accessible language, this thought-provoking collection engages a wide audience of readers from all backgrounds
Contents NoteIntroduction: Astrobiology and society / Steven J. Dick -- Part I. Motivations and approaches: how do we frame the problems of discovery and impact? -- Current approaches to finding life beyond Earth, and what happens if we do / Seth Shostak -- The philosophy of astrobiology: the Copernican and Darwinian philosophical presuppositions / Iris Fry -- History, discovery, analogy: three approaches to the impact of discovering life beyond Earth / Steven J. Dick -- A multidimensional impact model for the discovery of extraterrestrial life / Cle??ment Vidal -- Part II. Transcending anthropocentrism: how do we move beyond our own preconceptions of life, intelligence, and culture? -- The landscape of life / Dirk Schulze-Makuch -- The landscape of intelligence / Lori Marino -- Universal biology: assessing universality from a single example / Carlos Mariscal -- Equating culture, civilization, and moral development in imagining extraterrestrial intelligence: anthropocentric assumptions? / John W. Traphagan -- Communicating with the other: infinity, geometry, and universal math and science / Douglas A. Vakoch -- Part III. Philosophical, theological, and moral impact: how do we comprehend the cultural challenges raised by discovery? -- Life, intelligence, and the pursuit of vale in cosmic evolution / Mark Lupisella -- "Klaatu barada nikto" -- or, do they really think like us? / Michael Ruse -- Alien minds / Susan Schneider -- The moral subject of astrobiology: guideposts for exploring our ethical and political responsibilities towards extraterrestrial life / Elspeth M. Wilson and Carol E. Cleland -- Astrobiology and theology / Robin W. Lovin -- Would you baptize an extraterrestrial? / Guy Consolmagno, SJ -- Part IV. Practical considerations: how should society prepare for discovery -- and non-discovery? -- Is there anything new about astrobiology and society? / Jane Maienschein -- Preparing for the discovery of extraterrestrial life: are we ready? Considering the potential risks, impacts, and plans / Margaret S. Race -- Searching for extraterrestrial intelligence: preparing for an expected paradigm break / Michael A.G. Michaud -- SETI in non-Western perspective / John W. Traphagan and Julian W. Traphagan -- The allure of alien life: public and media framings of extraterrestrial life / Linda Billings -- Internalizing null extraterrestrial "signals": an astrobiological app for a technological society / Eric J. Chaisson
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Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 3. EXOBIOLOGY 4. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS
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TitleThe living cosmos : our search for life in the universe
Author(s)Chris Impey
Description1 online resource (xvi, 393 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
Abstract NoteConsidering the development of life on Earth, the existence of life in extreme environments and the potential for life elsewhere in the Universe, this book gives a fascinating insight into our place in the Universe. Chris Impey leads the reader through the history, from the Copernican revolution to the emergence of the field of astrobiology ??? the study of life in the cosmos. He examines how life on Earth began, exploring its incredible variety and the extreme environments in which it can survive. Finally, Impey turns his attention to our Solar System and the planets beyond, discussing whether there may be life elsewhere in the Universe. Written in non-technical language, this book is ideal for anyone wanting to know more about astrobiology and how it is changing our views of life and the Universe. An accompanying website available at www.cambridge.org/9780521173841 features podcasts, articles and news stories on astrobiology
Contents NoteUnfinished revolution -- Life's origins -- Extreme life -- Shaping evolution -- Living in the Solar System -- Distant worlds -- Are we alone? -- Credits -- Notes -- Reading list -- Media resources -- Index
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Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 3. EXOBIOLOGY 4. LIFE 5. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS
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TitleSearch for our cosmic ancestry
Author(s)Chandra Wickramasinghe
PublicationNew Jersey, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., 2015.
Descriptionxx, 196p.
Abstract NoteThe idea that life is a cosmic, rather than a purely terrestrial phenomenon, has progressed from scientific heresy to mainstream science within the short timespan of a few decades. The theory of cometary panspermia developed by Fred Hoyle and the present author in the 1970's has been vindicated by a spate of new discoveries in astronomy and biology, and also with startling new evidence of microbial fossils in meteorites and micrometeorites. The recent Kepler Telescope searches for exoplanets have indicated the presence of over 100 billion habitable planets separated by only a few light years, thus making panspermia and the transfer of microbial life between such planets an inevitable fact. The book presents a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the Hoyle-Wickramasinghe theory of cometary panspermia in a manner accessible to a wide general readership.
ISBN,Price9789814616966 : US $38.00(PB)
Classification524.8-88
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. COMETARY PANSPERMIA 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - WORLD SCIENTIFIC 5. EXOBIOLOGY 6. EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE 7. PANSPERNIA
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TitlePolarimetry of stars and planetary systems
Author(s)Ludmilla Kolokolova (ed.);James Hough (ed.);Anny-Chantal Levasseur-Regourd (ed.)
PublicationCambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Descriptionxviii, 487p.
Abstract NoteSummarising the striking advances of the last two decades, this reliable introduction to modern astronomical polarimetry provides a comprehensive review of state-of-the-art techniques, models and research methods. Focusing on optical and near-infrared wavelengths, each detailed, up-to-date chapter addresses a different facet of recent innovations, including new instrumentation, techniques and theories; new methods based on laboratory studies, enabling the modelling of polarimetric characteristics for a wide variety of astronomical objects; emerging fields of polarimetric exploration, including proto-planetary and debris discs, icy satellites, transneptunian objects, exoplanets, and the search for extraterrestrial life; and unique results produced by space telescopes, and polarimeters aboard exploratory spacecraft. With contributions from an international team of accomplished researchers, this is an ideal resource for astronomers and researchers working in astrophysics, earth sciences, and remote sensing keen to learn more about this valuable diagnostic tool. The book is dedicated to the memory of renowned polarimetrist Tom Gehrels.
ISBN,Price9781107043909 : US $150.00(HB)
Classification520.84
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. ASTRONOMICAL POLARIMETRY 3. DEBRIS DISCS 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 6. EXOBIOLOGY 7. ICY SATELLITE 8. NEAR INFRARED WAVELENGTH 9. OPTICAL WAVELENGHTS
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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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TitleCrowded universe: The search for living planets
Author(s)Alan Boss
PublicationNew York, Basic Science, 2009.
Descriptionix, 227p.
ISBN,Price9780465009367 : US $26.00(HB)
Classification523.4-88
Keyword(s)1. EXOBIOLOGY 2. EXTRASOLAR PLANETS 3. EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE
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TitleLectures in astrobiology volume 1
Author(s)Muriel Gargaud (ed.);Bernard Barbier (ed.);Herve Martin (ed.);Jacques Reisse (ed.)
PublicationBerlin, Springer, 2005.
Descriptionxxvi, 792p.
Series(Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics)
Contents NoteBased on the material delivered at several summer schools, this book is the first comprehensive textbook at the graduate level encompassing all aspects associated with the emerging field of astrobiology. Volume I gathers a first set of extensive lectures that cover a broad range of topics, from the formation of the solar system to the quest for the most primitive life forms that emerged on the early earth.
ISBN,Price3540223150 : Euro 179.95
Classification524.8-88(042.3)
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. BIOASTRONOMY 3. EXOBIOLOGY
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TitleOur cosmic future : Humanity's fate in the universe
Author(s)Nikos Prantzos
PublicationCambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Descriptionxii, 288p.
ISBN,Price052177098X
Classification524.8-88
Keyword(s)1. COSMOLOGY 2. EXOBIOLOGY 3. INTERPLANETARY VOYAGES 4. OUTER SPACE - EXPLORATION 5. SETI 6. UNIVERSE
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TitleLife on other worlds : The 20th-century extraterrestrial life debate
Author(s)Steven J. Dick
PublicationCambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Descriptionxiii, 290p.
ISBN,Price0-521-62012-0
Classification524.8-88:523-43
Keyword(s)1. EXOBIOLOGY 2. EXTRATERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE 3. LIFE IN UNIVERSE 4. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS 5. MARS - EXPLORATION 6. SETI
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