Where did we come from? Are we alone? Where are we going? These are the questions that define the field of astrobiology. New discoveries about life on Earth, the increasing numbers of extrasolar planets being identified, and the technologies being developed to locate and characterize Earth-like planets around other stars are continually challenging our views of nature and our connection to the rest of the universe. In this book, philosophers, historians, ethicists, and theologians provide the perspectives of their fields on the research and discoveries of astrobiology. A valuable resource for graduate students and researchers, the book provides an introduction to astrobiology, and explores subjects such as the implications of current origin of life research, the possible discovery of extraterrestrial microbial life, and the possibility of altering the environment of Mars.Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 5 We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started ... T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets One of the most basic questions that has been pondered by Natural Philosophers for (at least) the past few ... This question has been approached from a wide variety of viewpoints, and similar reasoning has led to widely diverse answers.
|Title||:||Exploring the Origin, Extent, and Future of Life|
|Author||:||Constance M. Bertka|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press - 2009-09-03|