Chemistry in Space. From Interstellar Matter to the Origin of Life

  • ID: 2180030
  • Book
  • 302 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The dynamic field of extraterrestrial chemistry brings together ideas of chemistr, astrophysics, and biology to the study of molecules between stars, around stars, and on plantes. This book serves as an introduction to chemial processes under ¿unearthly¿ and hence usually extreme conditions (temperature, pressure, high or low density, bombardment by cosmic rays), and their impact on the early development of our solar system, as well as providing a deeper understanding of processes in earthly regions where conditions approach those of extraterrestrial areas.

A unique and extraordinary perspective written with chemists in mind. An excellent practical book for inorganic, and physical chemists, spectroscopists, astronomers, and libraries.

From the contents:

∗ Introduction and technical notes

∗ Origin and development of the universe

∗ Stars

∗ The interstellar medium

∗ The solar system

∗ Exoplanets

∗ The origin of life

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Preface

INTRODUCTION AND TECHNICAL NOTES

ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNIVERSE

The Big Bang

Cosmic Evolution: Dark Matter;

The First Stars

Cosmo–Chronometry

THE EVOLUTION OF STARS

Formation, Classification, and Evolution of Stars

Chemistry in AGB Stars

Galaxies and Clusters

THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM

General

Chemistry in Interstellar Clouds

THE SOLAR SYSTEM

Overview

Earth′s Moon and the Terrestrial Planets: Mercury, Venus, and Mars

Ceres, Asteroids, Meteorites, and Interplanetary Dust

Comets

Kuiper Belt Objects

The Giant Planets and Their Moons

EXOPLANETS

THE ORIGIN OF LIFE

What is Life?

Putative Non–Carbon and Non–Aqueous Life Forms;

The Biological Role of Silicate, Phosphate, and Water

Life Under Extreme Conditions

Scenarios for the Primordial Supply of Basic Life Molecules

Extraterrestrial Life?

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"It is a story of immense timescales and distances, coupled to the atomic and molecular processes at low temperaturs and densities that are controlled microscopically by the laws of quantum mechanics." (Chemistry World, 1 February 2011)
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