Cosmic Biology

How Life Could Evolve on Other Worlds

  • Louis Neal Irwin
  • Dirk Schulze-Makuch

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Popular Astronomy book sub series (POPULAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Louis Neal Irwin, Dirk Schulze-Makuch
    Pages 1-14
  3. Louis Neal Irwin, Dirk Schulze-Makuch
    Pages 15-44
  4. Louis Neal Irwin, Dirk Schulze-Makuch
    Pages 45-67
  5. Louis Neal Irwin, Dirk Schulze-Makuch
    Pages 69-104
  6. Louis Neal Irwin, Dirk Schulze-Makuch
    Pages 105-135
  7. Louis Neal Irwin, Dirk Schulze-Makuch
    Pages 137-152
  8. Louis Neal Irwin, Dirk Schulze-Makuch
    Pages 153-172
  9. Louis Neal Irwin, Dirk Schulze-Makuch
    Pages 173-200
  10. Louis Neal Irwin, Dirk Schulze-Makuch
    Pages 201-223
  11. Louis Neal Irwin, Dirk Schulze-Makuch
    Pages 225-251
  12. Louis Neal Irwin, Dirk Schulze-Makuch
    Pages 253-271
  13. Louis Neal Irwin, Dirk Schulze-Makuch
    Pages 273-294
  14. Louis Neal Irwin, Dirk Schulze-Makuch
    Pages 295-309
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 311-337

About this book

Introduction

It is very unlikely that little green humanoids are living on Mars. But what are the possible life forms that might exist in our Solar System and how might they have evolved?

This uniquely authoritative and imaginative book on the possibilties for alien life addresses the intrinsic interest that we have about life on other worlds - reinforcing some of our assumptions and reshaping others. It introduces new possibilties that will enlarge our understanding of the issue overall, in particular the enormous range of environments and planetary conditions within which life might evolve.

Cosmic Biology

-discusses a broad range of possible environments where alien life might have evolved;

-explains why carbon-based, water-borne life is more likely that its alternatives, but is not the only possiblity;

-applies the principles of planetary science and modern biology to evolutionary scenarios on other worlds;

-looks at the future fates of living systems, including those on Earth.

Keywords

Astrobiology studies Chemistry of living systems Extraterrestrial life Fermi paradox Life in other planets Nature and definition of life Taxonomy of Living Systems

Authors and affiliations

  • Louis Neal Irwin
    • 1
  • Dirk Schulze-Makuch
    • 2
  1. 1.DenverUSA
  2. 2.Washington State UniversityPullmanUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1647-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Praxis, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-1646-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-1647-1
  • About this book