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The Resource Comets and the origin of life, Janaki Wickramasinghe, Chandra Wickramasinghe, William Napier

Comets and the origin of life, Janaki Wickramasinghe, Chandra Wickramasinghe, William Napier

Label
Comets and the origin of life
Title
Comets and the origin of life
Statement of responsibility
Janaki Wickramasinghe, Chandra Wickramasinghe, William Napier
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The idea that comets may be connected with the origin of life on Earth was considered heresy a few decades ago, with scientists shying away from this possibility as if from a medieval superstition. However the case that comets may have contributed at least the complex organic building blocks of life has become very strong, and mechanisms have now been identified whereby comets may incubate and transfer microbial life from one cosmic habitat to another in the Galaxy. The latter process cometary panspermia was pioneered by the late Sir Fred Hoyle and one of the present authors in the early 1980's. A theory that was once controversial is slowly gaining scientific respectability and support. The recent surge of interest in astrobiology has led to a spate of books in astrobiology - combining astronomy and biology - but in most of these, cometary panspermia is dealt with only cursorily. The present book sets out the case for cometary panspermia in a cogent way, combining evidence from space science, celestial mechanics, geology and microbiology. It should be an essential part of any university course on astrobiology, and also serve as a reference textbook for researchers in the field."--Page 4 of cover
Cataloging source
RVE
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wickramasinghe, Janaki
Dewey number
570
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
QH325
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1939-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Wickramasinghe, Chandra
  • Napier, Bill
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Exobiology
  • Comets
  • Life
  • Molecular evolution
Target audience
specialized
Label
Comets and the origin of life, Janaki Wickramasinghe, Chandra Wickramasinghe, William Napier
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"The basic structure of the present book started as the PhD thesis of the principal author." -- preface
Bibliography note
Includes bibliography (pages 201 - 211) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Overview -- Cosmic dust and life -- The origin of comets -- Comets in the galactic environment -- Dark comets: a link to panspermia -- Expulsion of microbes from the solar system -- Liquid water in comets -- Origin of life -- Expanding horizons of life
Control code
463301997
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 221 pages
Isbn
9789812566355
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)463301997
Label
Comets and the origin of life, Janaki Wickramasinghe, Chandra Wickramasinghe, William Napier
Publication
Note
"The basic structure of the present book started as the PhD thesis of the principal author." -- preface
Bibliography note
Includes bibliography (pages 201 - 211) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Overview -- Cosmic dust and life -- The origin of comets -- Comets in the galactic environment -- Dark comets: a link to panspermia -- Expulsion of microbes from the solar system -- Liquid water in comets -- Origin of life -- Expanding horizons of life
Control code
463301997
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 221 pages
Isbn
9789812566355
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)463301997

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