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Author Irwin, Louis N.
Title Cosmic biology [electronic resource] : how life could evolve on other worlds / Louis Neal Irwin and Dirk Schulze-Makuch.
Publication Info New York ; London : Springer ; Chichester, UK ; Published in association with Praxis Pub., c2011.



Descript xxi, 337 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.
Note "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 ... book on the possibilities 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 possibilities that will enlarge our understanding of the issue overall, in particular the enormous range of environments and planetary conditions within which life might evolve. ... discusses a broad range of possible environments where alien life might have evolved; explains why carbon-based, water-borne life is more likely than its alternatives, but is not the only possibility; 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 the Earth."-- Source other than Library of Congress.
ISBN 9781441916471 (e-ISBN)
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Author Irwin, Louis N.
Series Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy
Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy.
Subject Life on other planets.
Exobiology.
Life -- Origin.
Habitable planets.
Alt author Schulze-Makuch, Dirk.
Descript xxi, 337 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.
Note "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 ... book on the possibilities 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 possibilities that will enlarge our understanding of the issue overall, in particular the enormous range of environments and planetary conditions within which life might evolve. ... discusses a broad range of possible environments where alien life might have evolved; explains why carbon-based, water-borne life is more likely than its alternatives, but is not the only possibility; 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 the Earth."-- Source other than Library of Congress.
ISBN 9781441916471 (e-ISBN)
Author Irwin, Louis N.
Series Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy
Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy.
Subject Life on other planets.
Exobiology.
Life -- Origin.
Habitable planets.
Alt author Schulze-Makuch, Dirk.

Subject Life on other planets.
Exobiology.
Life -- Origin.
Habitable planets.
Descript xxi, 337 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.
Note "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 ... book on the possibilities 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 possibilities that will enlarge our understanding of the issue overall, in particular the enormous range of environments and planetary conditions within which life might evolve. ... discusses a broad range of possible environments where alien life might have evolved; explains why carbon-based, water-borne life is more likely than its alternatives, but is not the only possibility; 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 the Earth."-- Source other than Library of Congress.
Alt author Schulze-Makuch, Dirk.
ISBN 9781441916471 (e-ISBN)

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