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Life in the Universe
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Addison-Wesley
Publication date January 17, 2016
Pages 510
Binding Paperback
Edition 4 pap/psc
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780134068404
ISBN-10 0134068408
Dimensions 0.50 by 12 by 12 in.
Weight 2.80 lbs.
Original list price $179.40
Other format details sci/tech
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For intro-level, one-semester multidisciplinary science and astronomy courses.

This package includes MasteringAstronomy™.


Encourage students to explore answers to questions about life beyond Earth and our solar system.


Life in the Universe provides an ideal starting point for non-science majors intrigued by the latest discoveries about life in the solar system and beyond. Rigorously researched and accessible to students of all backgrounds, the text introduces concepts drawn from astronomy, biology, and geology to explain natural phenomena and to explore profound scientific questions about astrobiology. The Fourth Edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to include the latest scientific discoveries and advancements, including new information regarding extrasolar planets, artificial life, and early life on Earth.


Designed for courses in astrobiology, Life in the Universe arouses students’ natural curiosity by exploring fundamental questions such as: How did life begin on Earth? What are the most extreme forms of life currently known? What do we know about the possibility of life beyond Earth?


The text encourages non-science majors to develop an understanding of the process of science through its inherently compelling subject matter as well as its wealth of engaging features, including Learning Goals, Special Topics, and connections to popular culture. Sidebars provide optional mathematical material for courses that fulfill quantitative requirements.


Personalize Learning with MasteringAstronomy

Available for the first time with Life in the Universe , MasteringAstronomy from Pearson is the leading online homework, tutorial, and assessment system, designed to improve results by engaging students before and after class with powerful content. Instructors ensure students arrive ready to learn by assigning educationally effective content before class. Students can further master concepts after class through traditional homework assignments that provide hints and answer-specific feedback. The Mastering gradebook records scores for all automatically graded assignments in one place, while diagnostic tools give instructors access to rich data to assess student understanding and misconceptions.


Mastering brings learning full circle by continuously adapting to each student and making learning more personal than ever–before and after class.


0134068408 / 9780134068404    Life in the Universe Plus MasteringAstronomy with eText -- Access Card Package

Package consists of:

  • 0134080017 / 9780134080017     MasteringAstronomy with Pearson eText -- ValuePack Access Card -- for Life in the Universe
  • 0134089081 / 9780134089089     Life in the Universe
  • 0321765184 / 9780321765185     SkyGazer 5.0 Student Access Code Card (Integrated component)


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4 pap/psc edition from Addison-Wesley (January 17, 2016)
9780134068404 | details & prices | 510 pages | 12.00 × 12.00 × 0.50 in. | 2.80 lbs | List price $179.40
About: NOTE: Before purchasing, check with your instructor to ensure you select the correct ISBN.
4th edition from Addison-Wesley (January 14, 2016)
9780134089089 | details & prices | 510 pages | 9.50 × 10.50 × 0.75 in. | 2.65 lbs | List price $171.40
This edition also contains Life in the Universe
About: For intro-level, one-semester multidisciplinary science and astronomy courses.
3 pap/psc edition from Addison-Wesley (January 7, 2011)
9780321687678 | details & prices | 484 pages | 9.75 × 11.00 × 1.00 in. | 2.45 lbs | List price $171.40
About: Life in the Universe takes non-science majors on a journey through the solar system and beyond, using a rigorous yet accessible introduction to astronomy, biology, and geology to explain natural phenomena and to explore profound scientific questions about astrobiology.

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