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Author Sasselov, Dimitar D.

Title The life of super-Earths : how the hunt for alien worlds and artificial cells will revolutionize life on our planet / Dimitar Sasselov.

Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, [2012]


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 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  576.839 SASSELOV    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  576.839 SASSELOV    Check Shelf
 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  576.839 SASSELOV    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  576.839 SA    Check Shelf
Description xvi, 202 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents Introduction: The mystery of life -- Super-Earth. Extrasolar planets at last -- The world of planets -- Completing the Copernican revolution -- Chasing transits -- Super-Earth: A new type of planet -- Super-Earths: The hardest rocks in the universe -- Origins of life. The scale of life -- Origins of life: Why planets? -- Life as a planetary phenomenon -- Places we could call home -- The passage of time: the universe is young, life is younger -- The future of life.
Summary "In the past year, we have witnessed unprecedented breakthroughs in the seemingly unrelated fields of synthetic biology and exoplanetary astronomy. Just recently, arsenic-based bacteria was discovered in a California lake-both puzzling and electrifying the scientific world. In The Life of Super-Earths, expert astronomer Dimitar Sasselov aims to highlight these groundbreaking findings and explain how what we learn in the laboratory informs our investigation of the universe, and vice versa. The discovery of a New Earth, or other world, may be in our future. But a truly 'alien' life form is more likely to emerge from our planet's natural environment or in a petri dish at a research lab. We may cross a milestone into the era of synthetic biology under the microscope. These breakthroughs will shed new light on our place in the universe and answer the age-old question: Are we alone in the universe? The Life of Super-Earths offers nothing short of a revolution in our understanding of life and its place in the cosmos"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-196) and index.
Subject Exobiology.
Synthetic biology.
Extrasolar planets.
Life -- Origin.
Life on other planets.
ISBN 9780465021932 hardback
046502193X hardback
9780465023400 (e-book)
0465023401 (e-book)
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