Astrobiology is an interdisciplinary field that asks profound scientific questions. How did life originate on the Earth? Is there life elsewhere in the Universe? How has life persisted on the Earth for over three billion years? What is the future of life on Earth?
Astrobiology: Understanding Life in the Universe (PDF) is an introductory textbook which explores the formation of the elements for life in the Universe, the structure of living things, the biological and geological history of the Earth and the habitability of other planets in our own Solar System and beyond. The ebook is designed to convey some of the major conceptual foundations in astrobiology that cut across a diversity of traditional fields including biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences, and of course, astronomy. It can be used to complement existing courses in these fields or as a stand-alone textbook for astrobiology courses.
Ideal For: Undergraduates studying for degrees in earth or life sciences, astronomy, physics or related disciplines, as well as anyone with an interest in grasping some of the major concepts and ideas in astrobiology.
“Cockell’s Astrobiology is a high-level but entirely approachable textbook that will likely be used in many universities.” — Astrobiology Journal (vol 15, 2016)
“A very useful resource for new students of astrobiology, regardless of your background or ‘their home’ discipline.” — Lewis Dartnell, The Astrobiology Society of Britain