From the Origins of Life to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

  • Akihiko Yamagishi
  • Takeshi Kakegawa
  • Tomohiro Usui

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction to Astrobiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Akihiko Yamagishi
      Pages 3-7
  3. Physics and Chemistry from Space to Life

  4. History of Life Reveiled from Bilology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Shotaro Ayukawa, Toshihiko Enomoto, Daisuke Kiga
      Pages 77-90
    3. Satoshi Akanuma
      Pages 91-103
    4. Shin-ichi Yokobori, Ryutaro Furukawa
      Pages 105-121
    5. Satoshi Hanada
      Pages 137-152
    6. Mariko Hiraiwa-Hasegawa
      Pages 167-176
  5. History of the Earth Reveiled from Geology

  6. Search for Life in Solar System and Extra Solar System

About this book


This book provides concise and cutting-edge reviews in astrobiology, a young and still emerging multidisciplinary field of science that addresses the fundamental questions of how life originated and diversified on Earth, whether life exists beyond Earth, and what is the future for life on Earth. Readers will find coverage of the latest understanding of a wide range of fascinating topics, including, for example, solar system formation, the origins of life, the history of Earth as revealed by geology, the evolution of intelligence on Earth, the implications of genome data, insights from extremophile research, and the possible existence of life on other planets within and beyond the solar system. Each chapter contains a brief summary of the current status of the topic under discussion, sufficient references to enable more detailed study, and descriptions of recent findings and forthcoming missions or anticipated research. Written by leading experts in astronomy, planetary science, geoscience, chemistry, biology, and physics, this insightful and thought-provoking book will appeal to all students and scientists who are interested in life and space.


Origin of life Evolution Planets Extraterrestrial life Extra-terrestrial intelligence Extremophiles Multiverse Mass extinction Life on Mars Panspermia hypothesis Biosphere

Editors and affiliations

  • Akihiko Yamagishi
    • 1
  • Takeshi Kakegawa
    • 2
  • Tomohiro Usui
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Applied Life SciencesTokyo University of Pharmacy and Life SciencesTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of ScienceTohoku University GeosciencesMiyagiJapan
  3. 3.Department of Solar System SciencesInstitute for Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration AgencySagamiharaJapan

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