Life in the Universe by Jeffrey O. BennettLife in the Universe by Jeffrey O. Bennett

Life in the Universe

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Life in the Universe takes non-science majors on a journey through the solar system and beyond, using a rigorous yet accessible introduction to astronomy, biology, and geology to explain natural phenomena and to explore profound scientific questions about astrobiology. The Third Edition has been thoroughly revised to include updated scientific discoveries, new Cosmic Context two-page spreads, and an updated Companion Website.


Designed for astrobiology courses but also suitable for introductory astronomy courses, Life in the Universe captures your imagination by exploring fundamental pan-scientific questions: What is life? How did life begin on Earth? What are the most extreme forms of life currently known? Is it reasonable to imagine life beyond Earth?


The text motivates you to develop basic reasoning skills and an understanding of the process of science through skillful writing and a wealth of pedagogical features, such as Learning Goals that keep you focused on key concepts. Sidebars provide optional mathematical material for courses that fulfill quantitative requirements.

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Jeffrey Bennett Jeffrey Bennett holds a B.A. (1981) in biophysics from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.S. and Ph.D. (1987) in astrophysics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has taught at every level from preschool through graduate school, including more than 50 college classes in astronomy, physics, math...
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Title:Life in the UniverseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 10.87 × 9.53 × 1.02 inPublished:January 7, 2011Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0321687671

ISBN - 13:9780321687678

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Table of Contents


1. A Universe of Life?

2. The Science of Life in the Universe

3. The Universal Context of Life


4 The Habitability of Earth

5. The Nature of Life on Earth

6. The Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth


7. Searching for Life in Our Solar System

8. Mars

9. Life on Jovian Moons

10. The Nature and Evolution of Habitability


11. Habitability Outside the Solar System

12. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

13. Interstellar Travel and the Fermi Paradox

Epilogue: Contact – Implications of the Search and Discovery