Extrasolar Planets and Astrobiology

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University Science Books, 2009 - Science - 470 pages
"This book: Provides extensive grounding in key issues of astrophysics, chemistry, biology and geophysics; over 150 images and illustrations; exercises for each chapter, ranging from straightforward calculation problems to more far-ranging research-oriented exercises; an online component for users that includes new exercises and a continually updated blog of late-breaking scientific news items, fully cross referenced with the book; and extensive bibliographies for each chapter."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Scharf provides a clear and stunning immersion into the world of--well, really, literally, the WORLDS of--exoplanets and exosuns. (I haven't seen this one used, but why not--we have "exomoons.") So ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction Background
1
Introduction Background and Preview 1
20
Problems 329
27
Problems
28
Planet Formation
77
Extrasolar Planets
129
References
190
a Brief History and its Boundaries
195
Planetary Radiation Comparative Planetology
243
References
296
Cosmochemistry Dust and Prebiotic Molecules
299
Comets Meteorites and Protoplanetary Disk
333
Habitable Zones
365
References
419
Alternate Habitable Zones and Beyond
423
ReferencesSuggested Reading
453

References
239

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About the author (2009)

CALEB A. SCHARF was born and educated in England. He received his B.Sc. in Physics from Durham University, UK, and his PhD in Astronomy from the University of Cambridge, UK. Following postdoctoral work in X-ray astronomy and observational cosmology at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Maryland, USA, he has been a research scientist at Columbia University, New York, USA. He is currently Director of the multidisciplinary Columbia Astrobiology Center, USA. His research interests include the study of exoplanets, exomoons, and the nature of environments suitable for life.

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