Habitability Of The Universe Before Earth: Astrobiology: Exploring Life On Earth And Beyond (series) by Richard GordonHabitability Of The Universe Before Earth: Astrobiology: Exploring Life On Earth And Beyond (series) by Richard Gordon

Habitability Of The Universe Before Earth: Astrobiology: Exploring Life On Earth And Beyond (series)

byRichard GordonEditorAlexei Sharov, Richard Gordon

Paperback | December 1, 2017

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Habitability of the Universe before Earth: Astrobiology: Exploring Life on Earth and Beyond (series)examines the times and places-before life existed on Earth-that might have provided suitable environments for life to occur, addressing the question: Is life on Earth de novo, or derived from previous life? The universe changed considerably during the vast epoch between the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago and the first evidence of life on Earth 4.3 billion years ago, providing significant time and space to contemplate where, when and under what circumstances life might have arisen. No other book covers this cosmic time period from the point of view of its potential for life.

The series covers a broad range of topics encompassing laboratory and field research into the origins and evolution of life on Earth, life in extreme environments and the search for habitable environments in our solar system and beyond, including exoplanets, exomoons and astronomical biosignatures.



  • Provides multiple hypotheses on the origin of life and distribution of living organisms in space
  • Explores the diversity of physical environments that may support the origin and evolution of life
  • Integrates contemporary views in biology and cosmology, and provides reasons that life is far more mobile in space than most people expect
  • Includes access to a companion web site featuring supplementary information such as animated computer simulations
Richard Gordon is a Theoretical Biologist at the Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory (Panacea, FL), as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI). Dr. Gordon was Professor at the University of Manitoba until his retirement in 2011. He holds an undergraduate degree in Ma...
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Title:Habitability Of The Universe Before Earth: Astrobiology: Exploring Life On Earth And Beyond (series)Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:December 1, 2017Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0128119403

ISBN - 13:9780128119402

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Table of Contents

Preface: Life as a Cosmic PhenomenonRichard Gordon and Alexei A. Sharov

Part I: Physical and Chemical Constraints 1. Gravity and lifeFernando J. Ballesteros and Bartolo Luque2. Radiation as a constraint for life in the universeXimena C Abrevaya and Brian C. Thomas3. The when and where of water in the history of the universeKarla de Souza Torres and Othon Cabo Winter4. The cosmic evolution of biochemistryAditya Chopra and Charles H. Lineweaver5. Astrophysical and cosmological constraints on lifePaul A. Mason and Peter L. Biermann6. Primitive carbon: Before Earth and much before any life on itChaitanya Giri

Part II: Predicting Habitability 7. The habitability of our evolving galaxyMichael Gowanlock and Ian Morrison8. N-body simulations and galactic habitabilityBranislav Vukoti9. Occupied and empty regions of the space of extremophile parametersJeffrey Robinson and Jill A. Mikucki10. The emergence of structured, living and conscious matter in the evolution of the universe: A theory of structural evolution and interaction of matterDorian Aur and Jack A. Tuszynski

Part III: Life in the Cosmic Scale 11. Life before EarthAlexei A. Sharov and Richard Gordon12. Earth before lifeMarzban C, Viswanathan R and Yurtsever U13. The time-dependent Drake equationJacob Haqq-Misra Haqq-Misra and Ravikumar Kopparapu14. Are we the first? 10 billion years of evolution before EarthPauli Erik Laine and Sohan Jheeta15. Life before its origin on Earth: Implications of a late emergence of terrestrial lifeJulian Chela-Flores

Part IV: System Properties of Life 16. Symbiosis: Why was the transition from microbial prokaryotes to eukaryotic organisms a cosmic gigayear event?George Eugene Mikhailovsky and Richard Gordon17. Coenzyme world model of the origin of lifeAlexei A. Sharov18. Emergence of polygonal shapes in oil droplets and living cells: The potential role of tensegrity in the origin of lifeRichard Gordon, Martin Hanczyc, Nikolai Denkov, Mary Ann Tiffany and Stoyan Smoukov19. Why on theoretical grounds it may be likely that life' exists throughout the universeGerard A.J.M. Jagers op Akkerhuis