For intro-level, one-semester multidisciplinary science and astronomy courses.
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.
Also available as a Pearson eText or packaged with Mastering Astronomy
Pearson eText is a simple-to-use, mobile-optimized, personalized reading experience that can be adopted on its own as the main course material. It lets students highlight, take notes, and review key vocabulary all in one place, even when offline. Seamlessly integrated videos and other rich media engage students and give them access to the help they need, when they need it. Educators can easily share their own notes with students so they see the connection between their eText and what they learn in class – motivating them to keep reading, and keep learning.
Mastering combines trusted author content with digital tools and a flexible platform to personalize the learning experience and improve results for each student.Built for, and directly tied to the text, Mastering Astronomy enables an extension of learning, allowing students a platform to practice, learn, and apply outside of the classroom.
Note: You are purchasing a standalone book; Pearson eText and Mastering Astronomy do not come packaged with this content. Students, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.
If your instructor has assigned Pearson eText as your main course material, search for:
• 0135234204 / 9780135234204 Pearson eText Life in the Universe, 4/e — Access Card
• 013523445X / 9780135234457 Pearson eText Life in the Universe, 4/e— Instant Access
If you would like to purchase both the physical text and Mastering Astronomy, search for:
0134068408 / 9780134068404 Life in the Universe Plus Mastering Astronomy with eText — Access Card Package
Package consists of:
- 0134080017 / 9780134080017 Mastering Astronomy 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)