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by Lucas John Mix


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Mix does an excellent job 'assembling the larger puzzle' about life in space from the pieces provided by all the scientific disciplines. Connie Bertka, Lecturer on Contemporary Issues in Science & Religion, Wesley Theological Seminary). Mix has written a book that captures the excitement of this new age of discovery that we are in the midst of today. He is systematic and thorough, an admirable accomplishment given the multidisciplinary nature of astrobiology. This makes the book valuable to the reader seriously interested in the subject.

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In clear and compelling terms, this book shows how the emerging field of astrobiology investigates the nature of life in space

In clear and compelling terms, this book shows how the emerging field of astrobiology investigates the nature of life in space. This book also reveals that our understanding and our context are deeply intertwined. It shows how much astrobiology can tell us about who we are-as a planet, as a species, and as individuals.

Astrobiology for Everyone. In clear and compelling terms, this book shows how the emerging field of astrobiology investigates the nature of life in space

Astrobiology for Everyone. In clear and compelling terms, this book shows how the emerging field of astrobiology investigates the nature of life in space. How did life begin? How common is it? Where do we fit in? These are the important questions that astrobiology seeks to answer. A truly interdisciplinary endeavor, astrobiology looks at the evidence of astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry, and a host of other fields.

ISBN13: 9780674033214. Release Date: March 2009.

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Life is a property of the universe. We may not know how it began or where else it exists, but we have come to know a great deal about how it relates to stars, planets, and the larger cosmos. In clear and compelling terms, this book shows how the emerging field of astrobiology investigates the nature of life in space. How did life begin? How common is it? Where do we fit in? These are the important questions that astrobiology seeks to answer.

A truly interdisciplinary endeavor, astrobiology looks at the evidence of astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry, and a host of other fields. A grand narrative emerges, beginning from the smallest, most common particles yet producing amazing complexity and order. Lucas Mix is a congenial guide through the depths of astrobiology, exploring how the presence of planets around other stars affects our knowledge of our own; how water, carbon, and electrons interact to form life as we know it; and how the processes of evolution and entropy act upon every living thing.

This book also reveals that our understanding and our context are deeply intertwined. It shows how much astrobiology can tell us about who we are—as a planet, as a species, and as individuals.

Kulalas
Although the author's primary field of expertise is biology, he has an amazing grasp of the various disciplines which must be applied to an understanding of astrobiology. Throughout this extremely well-written book, which covers a varied and highly complex number of topics, he explains each with a skill which allows the novice in any of the fields to gain an understanding of the emerging field of astrobiology. He emphasizes that the only knowledge we have of `life in space' is that of our own planet, Earth. He explores the complexities of earth (terrean) life to the fullest, all of the physical conditions under which it may arise and develop, and how how the chemical and biological processes of terrean life `work'. In examining other parts of the universe which might hold life, the exoplanets, his examination of them naturally uses the only criteria available where life has arisen, namely those of our own. "Life as we know it" is a repeated emphasis of the book, but he puts a compelling case for that being the standard which must be used. If those conditions can be found elsewhere, it is likely that life will emerge in that place, if it has not already. Perhaps the main subtheme of this work is the question "What is life?", a most elusive and exciting question which the author handles with patience and grace. Although the chemistry, well explained, might leave a reader without some chemical background a bit confused, it in no way detracts from the overall accomplishment. An excellent book, which I recommend to anyone who wishes to discover an emerging field of study, at the ground-floor level of its existence.
Umsida
This is a superb introduction to Astrobiology, and you don't have to have a Ph.D. in Physics or Chemistry to understand it (though clearly, those who do will come away with more. Mix writes clearly, with grace and humor, and looks at the details without expecting you to understand everything. As always, the more you know, the more you will get out of it. But I never had chemistry in school and it has been a long time since my college biology class (most of which I have since learned, is woefully outdated), but I can follow the argument and come away with a far better understanding of what is at stake in the search for other life in and beyond our universe.
Keramar
Great book. The fascinanting subject of life outhere is touched here, with a light vocabulary but with mastery on the subject matter.
Malhala
I have not finished this book, so I may come back and change this review, but so far it is pretty good. Nothing ground breaking, but an interesting read. This is probably good as an introduction book for the beginner. If you are at all interested in the subject, I would recommend picking this up.
Life in Space: Astrobiology for Everyone ebook
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Lucas John Mix
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