How to Find a Habitable Planet

Author: James Kasting

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400845084

Category: Science

Page: 352

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The amazing science behind the search for Earth-like planets Ever since Carl Sagan first predicted that extraterrestrial civilizations must number in the millions, the search for life on other planets has gripped our imagination. Is Earth so rare that advanced life forms like us—or even the simplest biological organisms—are unique to the universe? How to Find a Habitable Planet describes how scientists are testing Sagan's prediction, and demonstrates why Earth may not be so rare after all. James Kasting has worked closely with NASA in its mission to detect habitable worlds outside our solar system, and in this book he introduces readers to the advanced methodologies being used in this extraordinary quest. He addresses the compelling questions that planetary scientists grapple with today: What exactly makes a planet habitable? What are the signatures of life astronomers should look for when they scan the heavens for habitable worlds? In providing answers, Kasting explains why Earth has remained habitable despite a substantial rise in solar luminosity over time, and why our neighbors, Venus and Mars, haven't. If other Earth-sized planets endowed with enough water and carbon are out there, he argues, chances are good that some of those planets sustain life. Kasting describes the efforts under way to find them, and predicts that future discoveries will profoundly alter our view of the universe and our place in it. This book is a must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of finding other planets like ours—and perhaps even life like ours—in the cosmos. In a new afterword, Kasting presents some recent breakthroughs in the search for exoplanets and discusses the challenges facing space programs in the near future.

How to Build a Habitable Planet

Author: Charles H. Langmuir,Wallace Broecker

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691140065

Category: Science

Page: 752

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Rev. and expanded ed. of: How to build a habitable planet / Wallace S. Broecker. 1985.

Evolution and the Emergent Self

Author: Raymond L. Neubauer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231150709

Category: Science

Page: 338

View: 4570

This book examines how humans evolved from the cosmos and prebiotic earth and what types of biological, chemical, and physical sciences drove this complex process. The author presents his view of nature which attributes the rising complexity of life to the continual increasing of information content, first in genes and then in brains.


Author: Charles S. Cockell

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119550351

Category: Science

Page: 628

View: 1256

A guide to understanding the formation of life in the Universe The revised and updated second edition of Astrobiology offers an introductory text that explores the structure of living things, the formation of the elements required for life in the Universe, the biological and geological history of the Earth, and the habitability of other planets. Written by a noted expert on the topic, the book examines many of the major conceptual foundations in astrobiology, which cover a diversity of traditional fields including chemistry, biology, geosciences, physics, and astronomy. The book explores many profound questions such as: How did life originate on Earth? How has life persisted on Earth for over three billion years? Is there life elsewhere in the Universe? What is the future of life on Earth? Astrobiology is centered on investigating the past and future of life on Earth by looking beyond Earth to get the answers. Astrobiology links the diverse scientific fields needed to understand life on our own planet and, potentially, life beyond. This new second edition: Expands on information about the nature of astrobiology and why it is useful Contains a new chapter “What is Life?” that explores the history of attempts to understand life Contains 20% more material on the astrobiology of Mars, icy moons, the structure of life, and the habitability of planets New ‘Discussion Boxes’ to stimulate debate and thought about key questions in astrobiology New review and reflection questions for each chapter to aid learning New boxes describing the careers of astrobiologists and how they got into the subject Offers revised and updated information throughout to reflect the latest advances in the field Written for students of life sciences, physics, astronomy and related disciplines, the updated edition of Astrobiology is an essential introductory text that includes recent advances to this dynamic field.

A Comparison of the Dynamical Evolution of Planetary Systems

Author: Rudolf Dvorak,Sylvio Ferraz-Mello

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402044666

Category: Science

Page: 300

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The papers in this volume cover a wide range of subjects covering the most recent developments in Celestial Mechanics from the theoretical point of nonlinear dynamical systems to the application to real problems. We emphasize the papers on the formation of planetary systems, their stability and also the problem of habitable zones in extrasolar planetary systems. A special topic is the stability of Trojans in our planetary system, where more and more realistic dynamical models are used to explain their complex motions: besides the important contribution from the theoretical point of view, the results of several numerical experiments unraveled the structure of the stable zone around the librations points. This volume will be of interest to astronomers and mathematicians interested in Hamiltonian mechanics and in the dynamics of planetary systems.

Placing Outer Space

Author: Lisa Messeri

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822373912

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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In Placing Outer Space Lisa Messeri traces how the place-making practices of planetary scientists transform the void of space into a cosmos filled with worlds that can be known and explored. Making planets into places is central to the daily practices and professional identities of the astronomers, geologists, and computer scientists Messeri studies. She takes readers to the Mars Desert Research Station and a NASA research center to discuss ways scientists experience and map Mars. At a Chilean observatory and in MIT's labs she describes how they discover exoplanets and envision what it would be like to inhabit them. Today’s planetary science reveals the universe as densely inhabited by evocative worlds, which in turn tells us more about Earth, ourselves, and our place in the universe.


Author: Sara Seager

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816529450

Category: Science

Page: 526

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For the first time in human history, we know for certain the existence of planets around other stars. Now the fastest-growing field in space science, the time is right for this fundamental source book on the topic which will lay the foundation for its continued growth. Exoplanets serves as both an introduction for the non-specialist and a foundation for the techniques and equations used in exoplanet observation by those dedicated to the field.

Voices That Wish to Be Heard

Author: Jack Randall

Publisher: Jack Randall

ISBN: 9781615828340

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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In the eighteen stories found in this collection, readers will have the opportunity to explore a host of issues. Their journey will fall under the guidance of a writer who has clearly given much energy to thoughts on powerful issues such as overpopulation, depletion of natural resources, the role of religion in society, and the nature of God. But Jack Randall walks this path without missing the flowers along the way. Wading into the mire of profundity has not eliminated his power to touch the reader with heartfelt stories of loss, redemption, and triumph. In the end, the reader will take away from these stories an insight into larger issues facing our world today, insight brought from a slightly tilted point of viewtilted not to obscurity, but rather to such that a new view becomes available, and one which the reader will not fail to enjoy.

Geology and Habitability of Terrestrial Planets

Author: Kathryn E. Fishbaugh,Phillipe Lognonné,François Raulin,David J. Des Marais,Oleg Korablev

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387742883

Category: Science

Page: 306

View: 1934

Given the universal interest in whether extraterrestrial life has developed or could eventually develop, it is vital that an examination of planetary habitability go beyond simple assumptions. This book has resulted from a workshop at the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) which brought together experts to discuss the multi-faceted problem of how the habitability of a planet co-evolves with the geology of the surface and interior, the atmosphere, and the magnetosphere.

Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

Author: Muriel Gargaud,Ricardo Amils,Henderson James Cleaves

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642112714

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 1890

View: 5005

Astrobiology is a remarkably interdisciplinary field. This reference serves as a key to understanding technical terms from the different subfields of astrobiology, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, the geosciences and the space sciences.