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Origins of Life in the Universe By Robert Jastrow

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What is the origin of the Universe? Are we alone in the Cosmos? Answering some of the most fascinating questions in science, this textbook employs an engaging narrative to tell the story of the Universe, for short introductory science and astrobiology courses.
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Origins of Life in the Universe by Robert Jastrow

This concise and highly illustrated textbook traces the evolution of the Cosmos from the Big Bang to the development of intelligent life on Earth, conveying clear science in an engaging narrative. By mapping the history of the Universe for introductory science and astrobiology courses for non-science majors, this book allows many of the most fascinating questions in science to be explored. What is the origin of the Universe? How do stars and planets form? How does life begin? How did intelligence arise? Are we alone in the Cosmos? Physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and geology are combined to create a chronicle of events in which the swirling vapors in the primordial cloud of the Universe evolved over billions of years into conscious life. Outlining, the latest discoveries in astrobiology, this textbook is suffused with the excitement of this fast-moving field. Instructor and student support is provided at www.cambridge.org/jastrow.

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'This book is a great introduction to the grand journey of 14 billion years of cosmic evolution from the Big Bang to human evolution! It presents a sweeping synthesis of the sciences ranging from astronomy and astrophysics to planetology, geology, climatology, evolution of life and molecular biology and makes an original and exciting text for a general introductory science course for non-science majors. The text flows smoothly from one topic to another, covering the latest developments in many fields. ... this book has the potential to become a well-received text, and the basis for a popular, exciting science course.' Vivien Gornitz, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
'Extraordinarily well written, a very pleasant learning experience for me ... Jastrow and Rampino have written a remarkable text that should be read by all undergraduates who require a science distributive. Their lucid and entertaining presentation takes the reader through a roller coaster ride covering 14 billion years of cosmic and biological evolution.' Edward Berger, Professor of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College
'Jastrow and Rampino have managed a tour-de-force - from the origin of the universe to the emergence of life on Earth and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Their book makes engaging reading and provides an excellent first overview of this subject for non-specialists.' Christian Koeberl, Professor of Geological Sciences (Geochemistry), University of Vienna
'Robert Jastrow (an astronomer) and Michael Rampino (an Earth scientist) have now taken a comprehensive look at astrobiology in an accessible, well-written text aimed at undergraduate students who do not pursue science as a principal subject. ... this book gives an extremely comprehensive understanding of the evolution of life and the possibility for life beyond our own planet, and it should serve as an excellent textbook for an introductory astrobiology course.' Nature Geoscience
'... a great book ... beautifully illustrated ... breaks new ground ... it is a book which, for the first time, allows a general reader to grasp the wonders of our Universe and of life at a deeper and more logical level.' Contemporary Physics
"Extraordinarily well written, a very pleasant learning experience for me ... Jastrow and Rampino have written a remarkable text that should be read by all undergraduates who require a science distributive." Edward Berger, Dartmouth College
"This book is a great introduction to the grand journey of 14 billion years of cosmic evolution from the Big Bang to human evolution! It presents a sweeping synthesis of the sciences ranging from astronomy and astrophysics to planetology, geology, climatology, evolution of life and molecular biology and makes an original and exciting text for a general introductory science course for non-science majors." Vivien Gornitz, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
"Jastrow and Rampino have managed a tour-de-force, from the origin of the universe to the emergence of life on Earth and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Their book makes engaging reading and provides an excellent first overview of this subject for non-specialists." Christian Koeberl, University of Vienna
"... a comprehensive look at astrobiology in an accessible, well-written text aimed at undergraduate students who do not pursue science as a principal subject. ... Its completeness in the book's strength. No aspect relating to the origins of life is left uncovered ... this book gives an extremely comprehensive understanding of the evolution of life and the possibility for life beyond our own planet, and it should serve as an excellent textbook for an introductory astrobiology course." Ellen Stofan, Nature Geosciences
"...the text is descriptive and requires no mathematical skills. ...As is typical of Jastrow's books, this one is very clearly written and very well illustrated. ...Highly recommended." A. Spero, CHOICE
"... a great book ... beautifully illustrated ... breaks new ground ... it is a book which, for the first time, allows a general reader to grasp the wonders of our Universe and of life at a deeper and more logical level." Contemporary Physics

About Robert Jastrow


Robert Jastrow is well known internationally as an astronomer and author of many widely acclaimed books. His initial research experience was in the field of nuclear physics, and his later work has been in planetary science, atmospheric physics, weather and climate prediction, and application of satellite observations to studies of earth resources. Dr Jastrow joined NASA when it was formed in 1958 and in 1961 set up NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, a U.S. Government laboratory charged with carrying out research in astronomy and planetary science. Michael Rampino is an associate professor of earth science and biology at New York University, and a research associate at GISS in New York. His research spans many areas of the earth sciences, especially the inter-relationships between the Earth's changing environments and the evolution of life. He is Series Co-Editor for the highly acclaimed Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences (Springer) and the Editor-in-Chief of the Earth Science Encyclopedia On-Line.

Table of Contents


Part I. The Universe: 1. Our place in the Universe; 2. A view of the origin of the Universe; 3. Life from the cosmic cauldron; Part II. The Solar System: 4. Formation of the conditions for life; 5. Origins of a habitable planet; 6. Prospects for life; 7. The evolution of a hostile world; Part III. The Earth: 8. Composition and structure of a habitable planet; 9. The changing face of an active habitable planet; 10. Climate change and the evolution of life; Part IV. Origin and History of Life on the Earth: 11. The origin and evolution of life; 12. The early history of life on Earth; 13. The development of higher life forms; Part V. Evolution of Intelligent Life: 14. The mammals and the rise of intelligence; 15. The evolution of higher intelligence; 16. Are we alone in the Universe?; Epilogue. Are we alone?; Appendices.

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GOR006760601
Origins of Life in the Universe by Robert Jastrow
Robert Jastrow
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2008-10-23
444
0521532833
9780521532839
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