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Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-196) and index.
Introduction : The mystery of life -- Extrasolar planets at last -- The world of planets -- Completing the Copernican revolution -- Chasing transits -- Super-Earth : a new type of planet -- Super-Earths : the hardest rocks in the universe -- The scale of life -- Origins of life : why planets? -- Life as a planetary phenomenon -- Places we could call home -- The passage of time : the universe is young, life is younger -- The future of life.