The New Science of Astrobiology

From Genesis of the Living Cell to Evolution of Intelligent Behaviour in the Universe

  • Julian Chela-Flores

Part of the Cellular Origin and Life in Extreme Habitats book series (COLE, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-1
  2. Origin of Life in the Universe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
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    3. Chemical evolution: Foundations for the study of the origin of life in the universe

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        Pages 13-28
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    4. Prebiotic evolution: The birth of biomolecules

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        Pages 55-66
  3. Evolution of Life in the Universe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
  4. Distribution and Destiny of Life in the Universe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-88
    2. Exobiology of the solar system: Scientific bases for the study of the life of other worlds

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        Pages 91-102
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    3. Bioastronomy: The study of astronomical phenomena related to life

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        Pages 131-138
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    4. Cultural foundations for the discussion of the destiny of life in the universe

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        Pages 175-184
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 187-253

About this book


Astrobiology is a very broad interdisciplinary field covering the origin, evolution, distribution, and destiny of life in the universe, as well as the design and implementation of missions for solar system exploration. A review covering its complete spectrum has been missing at a level accessible even to the non-specialist.
The last section of the book consists of a supplement, including a glossary, notes, and tables, which represent highly condensed `windows' into research ranging from basic sciences to earth and life sciences, as well as the humanities.
These additions should make The New Science of Astrobiology accessible to a wide readership: scientists, humanists, and the general reader will have an opportunity to participate in one of the most rewarding activities of contemporary culture.


Extraterrestrial life astrobiology astronomy behavior biology cells distribution eukaryotes evolution exobiology life sciences origin of life philosophical implications prebiotic evolution the origin

Authors and affiliations

  • Julian Chela-Flores
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical PhysicsTriesteItaly
  2. 2.Institute for Advanced StudiesCaracas
  3. 3.School of Theoretical PhysicsDublin

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-2229-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0822-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0400
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