Astrobiology : An Introduction
Combining elements from physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology, molecular biology, ecology, planetary science, geography, and geology, astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. Assuming a minimal amount of science knowledge, this text provides a full introduction to astrobiology suitable for undergraduate students. With an emphasis on bioscience, the text covers such topics as stellar evolution, cosmic chemistry, planet formation, habitable zones, terrestrial biochemistry, and exoplanetary systems. It also includes worked examples and problems.