The Science of Astrobiology

A Personal View on Learning to Read the Book of Life

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ISBN: 978-94-007-1626-1 (Print) 978-94-007-1627-8 (Online)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-lii

  2. THE ORIGIN OF LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 29-30

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      Pages 31-46

      From cosmic to chemical evolution

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      Pages 47-56

      From chemical to prebiotic evolution

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      Pages 57-78

      Sources of life’s origin: A search for biomarkers

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      Pages 79-100

      From prebiotic evolution to the emergence of single cells

  3. EVOLUTION OF LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 101-101

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      Pages 103-118

      From the age of prokaryotes to the emergence of eukaryotes

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      Pages 119-131

      The evolution of intelligent behavior

  4. THE DISTRIBUTION OF LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 133-134

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      Book Chapter

      Pages 135-150

      On the possibility of biological evolution on Mars

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      Book Chapter

      Pages 151-170

      On the possibility of biological evolution on the moons of Jupiter

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      Pages 171-186

      On the possibility of biological evolution on the moons of Saturn

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      Pages 187-200

      How different would life be elsewhere?

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      Pages 201-214

      The search for the evolution of exointelligence in worlds around other stars

  5. THE DESTINY OF LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 215-216

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      Book Chapter

      Pages 217-234

      Is the destiny of life inexorably linked with intelligence?

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      Book Chapter

      Pages 235-246

      Cultural frontiers of astrobiology

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      Pages 247-256

      When astrobiology meets philosophy

    5. Book Chapter

      Pages 257-270

      Why we may be unable to read the complete Book of Life

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      Book Chapter

      Pages 271-280

      An intelligible universe with the science of astrobiology

  6. Back Matter

    Pages 281-336