Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

2015 Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James (Jim) CleavesII, Daniele L. Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Daniel Rouan, Tilman Spohn, Stéphane Tirard, Michel Viso


The interdisciplinary field of Astrobiology constitutes a joint arena where provocative discoveries are coalescing concerning, e.g. the prevalence of exoplanets, the diversity and hardiness of life, and its increasingly likely chances for its emergence. Biologists, astrophysicists, biochemists, geoscientists and space scientists share this exciting mission of revealing the origin and commonality of life in the Universe. The members of the different disciplines are used to their own terminology and technical language. In the interdisciplinary environment many terms either have redundant meanings or are completely unfamiliar to members of other disciplines.

The Encyclopedia of Astrobiology serves as the key to a common understanding. Each new or experienced researcher and graduate student in adjacent fields of astrobiology will appreciate this reference work in the quest to understand the big picture. The carefully selected group of active researchers contributing to this work and the expert field editors intend for their contributions, from an internationally comprehensive perspective, to accelerate the interdisciplinary advance of astrobiology.

This new edition offers ~300 new entries. Many entries were expanded or supplemented by figures supporting the understanding of the text. Especially in the field of astrochemistry there is a huge body of new results that have been taken into account in this new edition. The synonyms and keywords have been carefully revisited. Many were added, redundant ones deleted.

Editors and affiliations

  • Muriel Gargaud
    • 1
  • William M. Irvine
    • 2
  • Ricardo Amils
    • 3
  • Henderson James (Jim) CleavesII
    • 4
  • Daniele L. Pinti
    • 5
  • José Cernicharo Quintanilla
    • 6
  • Daniel Rouan
    • 7
  • Tilman Spohn
    • 8
  • Stéphane Tirard
    • 9
  • Michel Viso
    • 10
  1. 1.CNRS-Universite de BordeauxLaboratoire d’Astrophysique de BordeauxFloiracFrance
  2. 2.University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA
  3. 3.Departamento de Biologia MolecularUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain
  4. 4.Earth–Life Science Institute (ELSI)Tokyo Institute of TechnologyMeguro–kuJapan
  5. 5.GEOTOP Research Center for Geochemistry and GeodynamicsUniversité du Québec à MontréalMontréalCanada
  6. 6.Department of AstrophysicsLaboratory of Molecular Astrophysics, Iorrejón de ArdozMadridSpain
  7. 7.LESIA, Observatoire Paris-Site de MeudonMeudonFrance
  8. 8.Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)Institut für PlanetenforschungBerlinGermany
  9. 9.Centre François Viéte d'Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques EA 1161Faculté des Sciences et des, Techniques de NantesNantesFrance
  10. 10.CNES/DSP/SME, Vétérinaire/DVM, Astro/ExobiologyParis Cedex 1France

Bibliographic information

  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-44184-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-44185-5
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Number Of Entries 3039
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