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Astrobiology asks: Where do we come from? Are we alone? Where are we going?

This course gives an overview of the excitement of astrobiology and space exploration, from the origin of our own biofriendly universe to questions of the future of mankind both on Earth and beyond.

Astrobiology and Space Exploration (Winter 2010) Stanford

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Astrobiology asks: Where do we come from? Are we alone? Where are we going?

This course gives an overview of the excitement of astrobiology and space exploration, from the origin of our own biofriendly universe to questions of the future of mankind both on Earth and beyond.

    • video
    3. The Search for other Earths and Life in the Universe (January 14, 2010)

    3. The Search for other Earths and Life in the Universe (January 14, 2010)

    Geoff Marcy, UC Berkeley Professor of Astronomy and Co-Investigator on Kepler Team, discusses the Keplar Teams efforts to locate earth-like planets by observing orbit, doppler shift, and dimming of Upsilon Andromedae. (January 14, 2010)

    • 1 hr 23 min
    • video
    2. From Astrochemistry to Astrobiology: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (January 12, 2010)

    2. From Astrochemistry to Astrobiology: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (January 12, 2010)

    (February 9, 2010) Louis Allamandola, Research Scientist with NASA Astrobiology Institute Ames Research Center, discusses his research, which implies that if life is extreme chemical complexity, and knowing that life-forming chemicals are widespread in the universe, it may be posited that the universe, if the conditions are right, is poised for life.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    • video
    4. What is Life? (January 19, 2010)

    4. What is Life? (January 19, 2010)

    Lynn Rothschild, Research Scientist NASA Astrobiology Institute Ames Research Center, discusses the need for and attempts to create an operational definition of what it means to be alive. (January 19, 2010)

    • 33 min
    • video
    5. Evolution (January 21, 2010)

    5. Evolution (January 21, 2010)

    Professor Lynn Rothschild discusses evolution in the context of space and time, focusing on the emergence of life in a planetary context on Earth and possibly elsewhere as well as the evolution of intelligence. (January 21, 2010)

    • 1 hr 2 min
    • video
    6. Life in Extreme Environments (January 26, 2010)

    6. Life in Extreme Environments (January 26, 2010)

    Professor Lynn Rothschild discusses what extremophiles are, why they are important, and how they are applicable to the evolution of life, what else might be out there, and the future of life. (January 26, 2010)

    • 1 hr 32 min
    • video
    7. How Predictable Is Evolution? (January 28, 2010)

    7. How Predictable Is Evolution? (January 28, 2010)

    Professor Lynn Rothschild discusses the predictability of evolution in regards to in the world today by using insight from the past. (January 28, 2010)

    • 1 hr 19 min

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Thanks so much for providing this lecture series to us. Just the most intellectually stimulating lecture series, and dated Winter 2010, it doesn't get more current than this. Thanks for the history, alternative ideas, And story telling technique. In my days of college in the 1990 time frame classes like this came with prerequisites and a inference that this is Hard stuff to learn, take notes. The new approach of " this is easy to understand" , " don't take notes that distract from the lecture" and " know where to get the math formulas, and databases of info", inspires me to want to teach.

In addition to completing lectures from neuroscience ( Gerald Schneider) and berkleys astronomy classes, a biology series lecture, and lastly the serendipity series lectures, has created a new person, that understands the "beginners mind", and I can't wait to get into geology, and chemistry.
The professors new way of teaching ha s me literally addicted to knowledge.
Thank you so much !

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