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Readership: Senior undergraduate and graduate level students taking related courses in departments of biology, earth science/geology, and environmental
Joseph Gale, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
"The author has chosen to focus on Earth life, our place in the universe and, uniquely for an astrobiology textbook, our future existence in light of our continuing environmental impact. The writing style is informal and friendly; it has a thorough index and reference section, as well as a helpful guide to Internet resources. A nice addition is the "workshop guide" for teaching the course, which will be especially useful for new professors." - The Quarterly Review of Biology
"I found this book clearly-written, interesting, informative and stimulating. It is well constructed and logically ordered." - The Astrobiology Society of Britain
1: What is Life? Why Water?
2: The Universe from the Perspective of Biology
3: The Solar System and Life on Earth (a).
4: The Solar System and Life on Earth (b).
5: Early and Present Earth and its Circumnavigation of the Sun
6: Origin of Life and Photosynthesis
7: Setting the Stage for the Evolution of life on a Tumultuous Planet
8: Mechanisms of Evolution: from First Cells to Complex Life and Extremophiles
9: The Evolution of Humans and their Interactions with the Biosphere
10: In Search of Extraterrestrial Life
Appendix (A Workshop Guide)