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Physics 20E: Life in the Universe (Spring 2015, UC Irvine). Instructor: Professor James Bullock. This course provides an overview of the scientific quest to discover life elsewhere in the universe.

Topics covered include: the emergence of life on the Earth, life on Mars and throughout the Solar System, the search for habitable worlds and life around other stars in our Galaxy, extraterrestrial intelligence, and techniques to search for signs of life on distant planets.

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  • Lecture 01 – Motivations, Imaginings and the Meaning of Life Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Defining Life and Our Place in the Universe Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Revolutions in Matter and Earth Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Deep Time and the Biological Revolution Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Sky Above and Earth Below Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Earth’s Atmosphere and Climate Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Life and the Rise of Oxygen Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – DNA and the Origin of Life Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Asteroids, Impacts, and Extinction Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – The Solar System Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Water and Life on Mars Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Life in the Outer Solar System Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Stars Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Searching for Earth 2.0 Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Intelligent Life: Where is Everybody? Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – The Search for Life Unlimited

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