The Living Cosmos by Chris Impey
Our Search for Life in the Universe

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Considering the development of life on Earth, the existence of life in extreme environments and the potential for life elsewhere in the Universe, this book gives a fascinating insight into our place in the Universe. Chris Impey leads the reader through the history, from the Copernican revolution to the emergence of the field of astrobiology - the study of life in the cosmos. He examines how life on Earth began, exploring its incredible variety and the extreme environments in which it can survive. Finally, Impey turns his attention to our Solar System and the planets beyond, discussing whether there may be life elsewhere in the Universe. Written in non-technical language, this book is ideal for anyone wanting to know more about astrobiology and how it is changing our views of life and the Universe. An accompanying website available at features podcasts, articles and news stories on astrobiology.

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Chris Impey, recipient of eleven teaching awards at the University of Arizona, is the youngest person ever to be awarded the position of University Distinguished Professor there. In 2002, he was named the National Science Foundation Distinguished Teaching Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation, and in 2005 was selected a Galileo Circle Scholar, the College of Science’s highest honor. Impey has had fourteen projects approved for observations with the Hubble Space Telescope. He is co-author of Astronomy: The Cosmic Journey and The Universe Revealed. He currently serves as vice president of the American Astronomical Society. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Published June 2, 2011 by Cambridge University Press. 412 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Then he recounts the history of life on Earth, moving on to explore the possibility of environments that support earthlike creatures elsewhere in the cosmos and paying special attention to extreme environments that might support odd forms of life.

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Impey agrees, writing [L]uckily for us, gravity created stars to form in the expanding soup of galaxies, and stars picked up where the universe left off, first fusing hydrogen into helium and then moving on to create even heavier elements, as we’ll soon see.

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The field of astrobiology — the study of life in places other than Earth — requires a special kind of mind.

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In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive.

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