Fall Book Review—Part I: Frontiers of Astrobiology


I have been reading a book called Frontiers of Astrobiology. The book is published by Cambridge University Press (2012). The editors are Dr. Chris Impey, Dr. Jonathan Lunine and Reverend Father Jose Funes. Drs. Impey and Lunine are well-known but Father Funes was a new name to my pantheon of astronomers. I was happy to see that Father Funes held a Doctorate in astronomy and is the current director of the Vatican Observatory in Rome. (I can only assume Galileo Galilee is smiling somewhere. J )

The book is a compilation of essays aimed at the professional and the hard-core enthusiast, as well. The list of authors reads (almost) like a who’s who of prominent astrobiologists—from Dr. Paul Davies to Dr. Jill Tartar. At this point of reading (actually—skimming for content), I find that the book is a welcome addition to my library of astrobiology for the following reasons:

  • Covers mainstream thinking and research
  • Gives enough background for one to not become lost (or mired in too much detail)
  • Allows newcomers to become acquainted with the field
  • “Good” bibliography list and notes

(In part II of my post, I will further delve into the book.)

Amazon Link to the Book

http://www.amazon.com/Frontiers-Astrobiology-Chris-Impey/dp/1107006414/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380707152&sr=8-1&keywords=frontiers+of+astrobiology

Barnes & Noble Link to the Book

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/frontiers-of-astrobiology?store=allproducts&keyword=frontiers+of+astrobiology

Cambridge University Press Link to the Book

http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/astronomy/extrasolar-planets-and-astrobiology/frontiers-astrobiology?format=HB

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4 thoughts on “Fall Book Review—Part I: Frontiers of Astrobiology

  1. Erik Andrulis

    Thanks for the reference. At this point, I find the astrobiological community steeped in speculation and ad hoc investigations, devoid of theory. Going to GRC and society meetings confirmed this. A shame, really.

    Reply
    1. jaksichja Post author

      I thought I would reply—

      I find the very state of becoming a mainstream science is very exciting and IMO a worthy venture. The fact that there is a creative synthesis of disciplines makes this venture worth following and joining. How often can one really say (when looking back during their retirement–) I was apart of a revolutionary process. The founding of a new and prosperous science is the chase worth pursuing.

      Of course, one is always entitled to their own opinion. 🙂

      Reply
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