Astrochemistry: From Astronomy to Astrobiology
John Wiley & Sons, Jan 11, 2007 - 352 páginas
The dynamic field of astrochemistry brings together ideas ofphysics, astrophysics, biology and chemistry to the study ofmolecules between stars, around stars and on planets.Astrochemistry: from Astronomy to Astrobiology provides aclear and concise introduction to this rapidly evolvingmultidisciplinary subject. Starting with the Molecular Universe,the text covers the formation of the elements, simple models ofstars and their classification. It then moves on to draw on thetheme of the Origins of Life to study interstellar chemistry,meteorite and comet chemistry as well as the chemistry of planets.Prebiotic chemistry and astrobiology are explored by examining theextremes of the biosphere on Earth, seeing how this may be appliedto life in other solar systems.
Astrochemsitry assumes a basic familiarity with principles ofphysical and organic chemistry but no prior knowledge of biology orastrophysics. This innovative text incorporates results from thelatest research and ground and space missions, with key imagesenhanced by a colour plate section.
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This book has some serious flaws. While the content/story is good, the book is riddle with errors and mistakes. Multiple times the author forgets how basic units (kJ and J) work, and in other places ignores the basic rules of chemistry that are taught in General Chemistry, such as stoichiometry. I would recommend looking elsewhere for a book in this area, as you spend more time correcting errors than it is worth.
Glossary of terms and abbreviations
Appendix A Constants and units
Appendix B astronomical data
Appendix C thermodynamic properties of selected compounds
Answers to problems
9 Primitive life forms