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1 Steven J. Dick Astrobiology, discovery, and societal impact 026486 2018 Book  
2 David A. Rothery (Ed.) Introduction to astrobiology 026487 2018 Book  
3 Bing Zhang Physics of gamma-ray bursts 026493 2019 Book  
4 Douglas A. Vakoch (ed.) Drake equation: Estimating the Prevalence of Extraterrestial Life through the Age 025974 2015 Book  
5 Chandra Wickramasinghe Search for our cosmic ancestry 025956 2015 Book  
6 Ludmilla Kolokolova (ed.) Polarimetry of stars and planetary systems 026008 2015 Book  
7 Giancarlo Genta hunter I02383 eBook  
8 Dirk Schulze-Makuch Alien encounter I02374 eBook  
9 Douglas A. Vakoch (ed.) Extraterrestrial altruism I02366 eBook  
10 David S. Stevenson Under a crimson sun I02321 eBook  
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TitleAstrobiology, discovery, and societal impact
Author(s)Steven J. Dick
PublicationCambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Descriptionx, 384p.
Series(Astrobiology)
Abstract NoteThe search for life in the universe, once the stuff of science fiction, is now a robust worldwide research program with a well-defined roadmap probing both scientific and societal issues. This volume examines the humanistic aspects of astrobiology, systematically discussing the approaches, critical issues, and implications of discovering life beyond Earth. What do the concepts of life and intelligence, culture and civilization, technology and communication mean in a cosmic context? What are the theological and philosophical implications if we find life - and if we do not? Steven J. Dick argues that given recent scientific findings, the discovery of life in some form beyond Earth is likely and so we need to study the possible impacts of such a discovery and formulate policies to deal with them. The remarkable and often surprising results are presented here in a form accessible to disciplines across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
ISBN,Price9781108426763 : £ 54.99(HB)
Classification524.8-88
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. ASTROCULTURE 3. LIFE IN UNIVERSE 4. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS
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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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TitlePhysics of gamma-ray bursts
Author(s)Bing Zhang
PublicationCambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Descriptionxix, 579p.
Abstract NoteGamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are the most luminous explosions in the universe, which within seconds release energy comparable to what the Sun releases in its entire lifetime. The field of GRBs has developed rapidly and matured over the past decades. Written by a leading researcher, this text presents a thorough treatment of every aspect of the physics of GRBs. It starts with an overview of the field and an introduction to GRB phenomenology. After laying out the basics of relativity, relativistic shocks, and leptonic and hadronic radiation processes, the volume covers all topics related to GRBs, including a general theoretical framework, afterglow and prompt emission models, progenitor, central engine, multi-messenger aspects (cosmic rays, neutrinos, and gravitational waves), cosmological connections, and broader impacts on fundamental physics and astrobiology. It is suitable for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and experienced researchers in the field of GRBs and high-energy astrophysics in general.
ISBN,Price9781107027619 : £ 57.99(HB)
Classification520.876-732
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. GAMMA-RAY BURSTS 3. GRAVITATIONAL WAVES 4. HADRONIC PRECESS 5. LEPTONIC PRECESS 6. RELATIVITY
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TitleDrake equation: Estimating the Prevalence of Extraterrestial Life through the Age
Author(s)Douglas A. Vakoch (ed.);Matthew F. Dowd (ed.)
PublicationCambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Descriptionxxii, 319p.
Series(Cambridge Astrobiology)
Abstract Noten this compelling book, leading scientists and historians explore the Drake Equation, which guides modern astrobiology's search for life beyond Earth. First used in 1961 as the organising framework for a conference in Green Bank, West Virginia, it uses seven factors to estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilisations in our galaxy. Using the equation primarily as a heuristic device, this engaging text examines the astronomical, biological, and cultural factors that determine the abundance or rarity of life beyond Earth and provides a thematic history of the search for extraterrestrial life. Logically structured to analyse each of the factors in turn, and offering commentary and critique of the equation as a whole, contemporary astrobiological research is placed in a historical context. Each factor is explored over two chapters, discussing the pre-conference thinking and a modern analysis, to enable postgraduates and researchers to better assess the assumptions that guide their research.
ISBN,Price9781107073654 : UKP 99.99(HB)
Classification524.8-88
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. DRAKE EQUATION 3. EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE 4. 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. EXOBIOLOGY 5. ICY SATELLITE 6. NEAR INFRARED WAVELENGTH 7. OPTICAL WAVELENGHTS
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Titlehunter : a scientific novel
Author(s)Giancarlo Genta
Description1 online resource (vii, 130 pages) : illustrations
Abstract NoteThe 24th century: humankind has become a spacefaring civilization, colonizing the solar system and beyond. While no alien forms of life have yet been encountered in this expansion into space, colonists suddenly encounter machines of alien origin - huge robots able to reproduce themselves. Called Replicators by the colonists, they seem to have but a single goal: to destroy all organic life they come in contact with. Since the colonial governments have no means to fight this menace directly, they instead promise huge rewards to whoever destroys a replicator. As a result, the frontier attracts a new kind of adventurers, the Hunters, who work to find and destroy the replicators. Mike Edwards, a skilled young maintenance technician and robotics expert at a faraway outpost, will not only become one of them - but be the very first one to unlock the secret behind the Replicators origin and mission
Keyword(s)1. Aerospace Technology and Astronautics 2. Artificial Intelligence (incl. Robotics) 3. ASTROBIOLOGY 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences 7. FICTION / General 8. Human-alien encounters 9. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS 10. PHYSICS 11. Popular Science in Astronomy 12. Robots
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TitleAlien encounter : a scientific novel
Author(s)Dirk Schulze-Makuch
Edition2nd edition
Description1 online resource (xi, 236 pages) : illustration
Abstract NoteIt has been nearly 100 years since the Apollo moon landings, when Jack and Vladimir, two astronauts on a mission to Venus, discover a mysterious void related to indigenous life on the planet. Subsequently more voids are detected on Earth, Mars, Titan, and, quite ominously, inside a planetoid emerging from the Kuiper belt. Jack is sent to investigate the voids in the Solar System and intercept the planetoid - which, as becomes increasingly clear, is inhabited by alien life forms. Jack and his crew will have little time to understand their alien biochemistry, abilities, behavior patterns, resilience, and technology, but also how these life forms relate to the voids. Humankind's first encounter with these exotic life forms couldn't be more fateful, becoming a race against time to save life on Earth and to reveal the true nature of the voids, which seem to be intrinsically related to life and the universe itself. In this novel, the author combines many topics related to state-of-the-art research in the field of astrobiology with fictional elements to produce a thrilling page turner. This new version significantly develops the astrobiological denouement of the plot and features an extensive non-technical appendix where the underlying science is presented and discussed
NotesIncludes bibliographical references
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences 5. FICTION / General 6. Human-alien encounters 7. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS 8. PHYSICS 9. PLANETOLOGY 10. Popular Science in Astronomy
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TitleExtraterrestrial altruism : evolution and ethics in the Cosmos
Author(s)Douglas A. Vakoch (ed.)
Description1 online resource (xv, 329 pages) : illustrations
Abstract NoteExtraterrestrial Altruism examines a basic assumption of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI): that extraterrestrials will be transmitting messages to us for our benefit. This question of whether extraterrestrials will be altruistic has become increasingly important in recent years as SETI scientists have begun contemplating transmissions from Earth to make contact. Should we expect altruism to evolve throughout the cosmos, or is this only wishful thinking? Would this make biological sense? Is it dangerous to send messages to other worlds, as Stephen Hawking has suggested? Would extraterrestrial societies be based on different ethical principles? Extraterrestrial Altruism explores these and related questions about the motivations of civilizations beyond Earth, providing new insights that are critical for SETI. Chapters are authored by leading scholars from diverse disciplines anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, cosmology, engineering, history of science, law, philosophy, psychology, public policy, and sociology
Contents NoteCosmic Evolution, Reciprocity, and Interstellar Tit for Tat -- Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Friends, Foes, or Just Curious? -- Eliciting Altruism While Avoiding Xenophobia: A Thought Experiment -- Predator Prey Models and Contact Considerations -- Harmful ETI Hypothesis Denied: Visiting ETIs Likely Altruists -- Altruism Toward Non-Humans: Lessons for Interstellar Communication -- Caring Capacity and Cosmocultural Evolution: Potential Mechanisms for Advanced Altruism -- The Precautionary Principle: Egoism, Altruism, and the Active SETI Debate -- The Accidental Altruist: Inferring Altruism from an Extraterrestrial Signal -- Interstellar Intersubjectivity: The Significance of Shared Cognition for Communication, Empathy, and Altruism in Space -- Other Minds, Empathy, and Interstellar Communication -- Interspecies Altruism: Learning from Species on Earth -- Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Altruism -- Kenotic Ethics and SETI: A Present-day View -- Altruism, Metalaw, and Celegistics: An Extraterrestrial Perspective on Universal Law-Making -- A Logic-Based Approach to Characterizing Altruism in Interstellar Messages -- Equity and Democracy: Seeking the Common Good as a Common Ground for Interstellar Communication -- Patterns of Extraterrestrial Culture -- Evolutionary Perspectives on Interstellar Communication: Images of Altruism
NotesIncludes index
Keyword(s)1. Altruism 2. ASTROBIOLOGY 3. Communication Studies 4. COSMOLOGY 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. ETHICS 8. PHYSICS 9. PLANETOLOGY 10. SCIENCE / Astronomy
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TitleUnder a crimson sun : prospects for life in a red dwarf system
Author(s)David S. Stevenson
Description1 online resource (xiv, 324 pages) : color illustrations
Abstract NoteGliese 581 is a red dwarf star some 20.3 light years from Earth. Red dwarfs are among the most numerous stars in the galaxy, and they sport diverse planetary systems. At magnitude 10, Gliese 581 is visible to amateur observers but does not stand out. So what makes this star so important? It is that professional observers have confirmed that it has at least four planets orbiting it, and in 2009, Planet d was described in the letters of The Astrophysical Journal as "the first confirmed exoplanet that could support Earth-like life." Under a Crimson Sun looks at the nature of red dwarf systems such as Gliese as potential homes for life. Realistically, what are prospects for life on these distant worlds? Could life evolve and survive there? How do these planetary surfaces and geology evolve? How would life on a red dwarf planet differ from life on Earth? And what are the implications for finding further habitable worlds in our galaxy? Stevenson provides readers with insight into the habitability of planets and how this changes as time progresses and the central star evolves. Explore with him in this engaging, fascinating book the possibilities for finding life, from bacteria to more complex and even intelligent organisms, on red dwarf system planets
NotesIncludes index
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. EXOBIOLOGY 6. Habitable planets 7. PHYSICS 8. PLANETOLOGY 9. Popular Science in Astronomy 10. Red dwarf stars 11. SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
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