Caleb A. Scharf
gold standard text"
"clear and engaging"
"The arrival of [this
book] makes available to our community what should be the gold standard
text...I suspect this text will become a much-loved, dog-eared friend to every
amateur, student, or professional astrobiologist."
of exoplanets is quite wonderful and will be very valuable for classes."
-Geoff Marcy, University of California,
"Caleb Scharf provides here a solid and mathematically-rich
overview of astrobiology from a planetary perspective...suitable for both
newcomers to the field and experienced researchers looking for a course
textbook to recommend."
--The Astrobiology Society of Britain, Lewis Dartnell
"The book is truly
excellent. Scharf provides the quantitative background needed to
understand topics such as albedo and the greenhouse effect...this is probably
the best volume available for the physical sciences side of astrobiology.
Summing up: Essential."
-Choice, May 2009
"I like this book
very much. The writing style is clear and engaging and it provides
more physics than most texts on astrobiology."
-Debra Fischer, San
Francisco State University
"If you’re getting serious about the study of astrobiology, you’ll
want to know about this title."
December 8, 2008, http://www.centauri-dreams.org
This book offers an advanced
introduction to the increasingly robust fields of extrasolar planets and
astrobiology. No other text currently available applies this level of
mathematics and physics, while also providing an extensive grounding in key
issues of chemistry, biology, and geophysics. With extensive references
to the literature and chapter-ending exercises, this book can be
used as the core text for teaching undergraduate or introductory graduate
level courses. The text will also provide astrobiologists with
an indispensable "User's Manual" when quick reference to key
mathematical and physical techniques is needed. A continually
updated online component, fully cross referenced with the text, is also available.
Foreword by Geoff Marcy.
*Over 150 images and illustrations.
*Extensive bibliographies for each
*Exercises for each chapter, ranging
from straightforward calculation problems to more far-ranging
*An online component for users that
includes new exercises and a continually updated blog of exciting
scientific news items, fully cross-referenced with the book to allow course
instructors to integrate the most recent developments into their course
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Caleb Scharf was born and educated in England.
He received his B.Sc. in Physics from Durham University, and his PhD in
Astronomy from the University of Cambridge. Following postdoctoral work in
X-ray astronomy and observational cosmology at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the
Space Telescope Science Institute in Maryland, he has been a research
scientist at Columbia University, New York. He is currently Director of the multidisciplinary Columbia Astrobiology Center. His research
interests include the study of exoplanets, exomoons, and the nature of
environments suitable for life.
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