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La vida en el espacio: la nueva ciencia de la astrobiología

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Ciudadanos como somos de un pequeño planeta situado en uno de los innumerables sistemas solares que existen en el universo, según avanzamos en el conocimiento de este, surgen, inevitables, una serie de preguntas que tienen que ver con nuestra propia existencia. Preguntas como qué lugar ocupamos en el cosmos y de qué modo lo ocupamos. O cómo llegamos a ser. O si estamos sol ...more
Hardcover, 427 pages
Published 2010 by Crítica (first published March 1st 2009)
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Apr 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the number of books on astrobiology I've read lately this entry by and and large has the least to say about life beyond earth. A few potentially habitable locations in the solar system are mentioned, and alternative biochemistries are occasionally referenced, and it wraps up with a brief discussion of SETI, but overall this is a book about the nature of life as we know it. This is a solid introductory text on the origin of our planet (and relationship to our star) as it relates to the emergen ...more
Frederick Masterman
Although the author’s primary field of expertise is biology, he has an amazing grasp of the various disciplines which must be applied to an understanding of astrobiology. Throughout this extremely well-written book, which covers a varied and highly complex number of topics, he explains each with a skill which allows the novice in any of the fields to gain an understanding of the emerging field of astrobiology. He emphasizes that the only knowledge we have of ‘life in space’ is that of our own pl ...more
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Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read! I absolutely loved it because I found the written content was easy to read and simple to understand. On the cover of the book, it reads "Astrobiology for everyone" and I believe the statement lived up to its claim. I picked up the book thinking that it would only cover existence of life in outer space, however, the author also explains emergence of life on Earth using scientific evidence. ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was a slog. It should probably be called Biology for everyone. There's more about terrean (Earth/terran) biology rooted in fact--which makes sense, this is what we know, with very little about what life in space might look like. There's also a good smattering of organic (carbon based) chemistry, geology, and physics.
If you're not a scientist, this would probably be interesting. It's a great review of chemistry and biology. Unfortunately for me, I'm a molecular biologist and have an MS
The cover is kind of cheesy, and so I was expecting something fairly dumbed down, but I was actually pleasantly surprised. Though I found a couple of Mix's examples at the beginning almost too vague to be meaningful, he addresses it later on in a way that makes sense, and he also includes fairly detailed chapters on organic chemistry and molecular biology. It's a decent overview of astrobiology, mainly focused on what we know about life here on Earth and reminding us of our limitations in lookin ...more
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Skimmed more than read. Well explained introduction to astrobiology.
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