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Astrobiology is the study of the origin and development of life on this and other planets. What fascinates people about astrobiology is that it seeks answers to long-standing unsolved questions: How quickly did life evolve on Earth and why did life persist here? Is there life elsewhere in the Solar System or beyond?

The research of astrobiology has become more crucial than ever in recent decades, as biologists have discovered microbes that live in ever more extreme settings, such as bubbling hot springs, in acid, or deep within rocks. Rooted in strong and rigorous research, astrobiology incorporates the work of microbiologists, geologists, and astronomers. In this Very Short Introduction, David C. Catling introduces the origins of astrobiology and demonstrates its impact on current astronomical research and potential future discoveries.

©2013 David C. Catling (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • 12-03-16

Great book - perfect intro but please (please) get somebody else to read this

I am just starting out in the subject so the level helped me figure out what subjects I will need to delve in and at what level. The person reading the book bored me to death with his voice. It does not follow that those with the correct knowledge to talk about the subject should read it to others. I have a lot of respect for the reader in what was delivered but how it came across, not so much. Anyway the reader obviously knows his subject and I say a big thanks for letting us in and guiding us to start the subject ourselves

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  • 09-19-16

Very solid

A fun, thoughtful introduction to this exiting science; the author takes the reader quite far.