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Iain Gilmour

An Introduction to Astrobiology

Life elsewhere in the universe is a staple of science fiction but it might seem to be pure speculation. However, 'An introduction to Astrobiology' shows that there is some real science behind the search for extraterrestrial life. It's written as an undergraduate textbook for The Open University, but does not require much in the way of scientific background - the authors are careful to explain the science needed at each stage. With plenty of pictures and diagrams, together with exercises for the reader with full solutions, it makes an excellent resource for those wanting to improve their knowledge of this subject beyond the sci-fi stage.

The book starts in our solar system, looking at the development of life on Earth and going on to discuss the search for life on other planets, such as Mars. The possibility of life on the satellites of Jupiter and Saturn is also examined, and there is a chapter devoted to Titan, although the book was written before the Huygens probe landed, and so doesn't have the latest results. The later chapters of the book examine the possibility of finding life outside the solar system, reviewing the recent discovery of exoplanets and how future telescopes may detect the signs of life. The final chapter looks at the search for extraterrestrial intelligence via radio signals.

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Compiled by a team of experts, this textbook has been designed for elementary university courses in astrobiology. It begins with an examination of how life may have arisen on Earth and then reviews the evidence for possible life on Mars, Europa and Titan. The potential for life in exoplanetary systems and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence are also discussed. The text contains numerous useful learning features such as boxed summaries, student exercises with full solutions, and a glossary of terms. It is also supported by a website hosting further teaching materials. Written in an accessible style that avoids complex mathematics, this book is suitable for self-study and will appeal to amateur enthusiasts as well as undergraduate students. It contains numerous helpful learning features such as boxed summaries, student exercises with full solutions, and a glossary of terms. The book is also supported by a webstite hosting further teaching materials.