Astrobiology: A Brief Introduction (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/7/26
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"A comprehensive yet concise introduction to the field."--The Space Review
"A good read for all those who are fascinated by the search for extraterrestrial life and the origin of life on our own planet. I shall certainly value it in my own library."--Chemistry World
"An accessible guide to this young and interdisciplinary field."--Physics World
"Certainly the most readable introduction to astrobiology now available."--Chemical and Engineering News
"Plaxco and Gross bring us as close to aliens as we can currently get. I recommend this book to anyone interested in science's newest kid on the block."--Astronomy Now
"Tantalises the imagination and leaves you wanting to know more."--David Reneke "Australasian Science Magazine "
"The fascinating world of extremophiles is well presented, and a broad overview of the searches for evidence of life beyond Earth rounds off the book. The text is liberally illustrated with relevant figures that greatly enhance the content, and entertaining snippets of information detailing the quirks of research in this field nicely supplement the scientific content."--Astrobiology
Kevin W. Plaxco is a professor of chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Michael Gross is a science writer based in Oxford.
Having said the above, the book is written in a conversational style and is very engaging and useful for those, like myself, who are studying this area, although as I say it could do with a glossary.
However, if you are looking for a popular science book that lacks the complex descriptions of chemicals, biology and interactions then there are others available.
This introductory text is exciting reading, a page turner for those with even a mild interest in astrobiology. There is nothing in the content out of range for anyone willing to think a little about the material. No science or math degrees required. Yet, the text may very well send the unsuspecting reader in search of the next level of learning.
The Kindle price was reasonable.