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Astrobiology lectures at Lilu2

The third year of the non-scientific section includes an "integrated class of experimental sciences" with physics, chemistry and biology. This class is given by three teachers in each discipline. The idea of this inter-disciplinary class is to give a broader view of some selected subjects, like pollution, greenhouse effect, radioactivity, origins of life, etc...

In my opinion, the theme of "the origins" is particularly well adapted to the spirit of this class: the origins of life in the universe includes the formation of stars and planets (physics, astronomy), the formation of chemical elements (chemistry, nucleosynthesis) and the apparition and evolution of life (biology). In fact, astrobiology is a mix of these 3 experimental sciences. An additional argument in favor of this choice is the spontaneous interest that can be found in the general population. Indeed, during the physics lecture, often my students ask me about the Big Bang, galaxies, planets, etc...

In 2009-2010, I will give this lecture for the third time together with Carlo Devittori (chemistry) and Yuri Malagutti (biology).

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Additional material (in Italian): Recommended Books:

N.B. All books are available in the high school library.

"Alla ricerca della vita nel sistema solare" (C. Guaita)

"Landscapes of Mars"
(G. L. Vogt)

"Origins of Life in the Universe" (R. Jastrow, M. Rampino)

"Complete Course in Astrobiology" (G. Horneck, P. Rettberg)

"Extrasolar Planets and Astrobiology" (C. A. Scharf)