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Complete Course in Astrobiology (Physics Textbook) Paperback – April 24, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-3527406609 ISBN-10: 3527406603

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Editorial Reviews


"The book is an ultimate source of the modern astrobiological knowledge. It provides a justified Universal-scale framework for the understanding of the biological evolution. and last, but not least, this is am enriching and pleasant read." (Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie, 2008)

"I would recommend this book highly for dipping into and for a group library. Some of the more unusual material would be hard to scrape together from other sources and is particularly useful to have in one place. At around fifty pounds, it is a good purchase for a new astrobiologist or student expecting to study astrobiology in depth." (The Astrobiology Society of Britain, January 2008)

"...the book would be a valuable addition to the library of any institution concerned with microbiology."  (Microbiology Today, November 2007)

"This up-to-date resource is based on lectures developed by experts...and carefully edited by the leading astrobiologists within the European community."  (Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin, December 2007)

"...this is an elegantly written and edited book ... it is a good value for individual purchase."  (Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres, December 2007)

About the Author

Gerda Horneck and Petra Rettberg are the leading astrobiologists of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and have outstanding renommee on both sides of the Atlantic.
Gerda Horneck and Petra Rettberg serve as heads of the photo- und exobiology group at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine of the DLR.
Their research interests focus on exo-/astrobiology, radiation/photo biology, e.g. including the effects of radiation of various kind on biological systems.

Dr. Horneck has been principal investigator of several radiobiological and exobiology experiments in space on Spacelab, LDEF, EURECA, FOTON and ISS as well as coordinator of research projects for both ESA and NASA.

Petra Rettberg's research activities included research projects at NASA Ames and in Japan and investigations of past and future space missions.
Numerous board memberships and publications round off their portfolio.
Extensive teaching experience make them ideal editors for this book.


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Product Details

  • Series: Physics Textbook
  • Paperback: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-VCH (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3527406603
  • ISBN-13: 978-3527406609
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,504,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on June 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a book on a science that just a very few years ago did not exist. Only in fairly recent times have we begun to look at things like prebiotic chemistry (things like amino acids that are the precursors of life), extremophiles (things living at the extremes of environment like the hot vents in the deep ocean), and habitability in our solar system (especially the search for signs of life on Mars and the search for water everywhere).

This book, intended for graduate students was produced in Germany and is written by a series of experts, all European except one from JPL. Together they have produced a text, suitable for graduate student use that is as current as it is possible to be. It included current theory, a description of recent space missions and a description of planned future missions.

The CD included with the book provides for additional materials and PowerPoint slides to go with the lectures.
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