Astrobiology: The Search for Life Elsewhere in the Universe

Astrobiology: The Search for Life Elsewhere in the Universe

by Andrew May


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Are we alone in the Universe, or are there as many planets supporting life as there are stars in the sky?

It's one of the most important and fascinating questions human beings can ponder, and astrobiology is the emerging field of science that tries to answer it.

Astronomer Rhodri Evans gives an expert overview of our current state of knowledge, looking at how life started on Earth, considering other places in the Solar System that might harbour life, then discussing possible Earth-like 'exoplanets' orbiting stars further out into our galaxy - and what future missions and studies will tell us about extraterrestrial life there.

Along the way the book answers some key questions: How can we answer Fermi's paradox ('Where is everybody?')? Is water essential for life, or just a best bet for finding it? And how will we know when we find alien life, if it doesn’t follow the same principles as Earth life?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785783425
Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date: 11/08/2019
Series: Hot Science
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 604,883
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dr. Rhodri Evans' main area of research is extra-galactic astronomy. For the past sixteen years he has been involved in airborne astronomy, and is part of the team building the facility far-infrared camera for SOFIA. He also does research in star-formation and cosmology and is a regular contributor to TV, radio and public lectures.

Table of Contents

1 Life Beyond Earth 1

2 Thinking About Aliens 15

3 Extraterrestrial Communication 37

4 Interstellar Engineering 63

5 Starting Small 87

6 Exoplanets 117

7 First Contact 145

Further Reading 157

Index 161

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