Their efforts will revolutionize astrobiology, more so perhaps than spacecraft parachuting down out of the orange sky of Titan or roving the rock-strewn deserts of Mars. The world-shaking headlines of the next twenty years will likely come from giant instruments, on the ground and in Earth orbit, gazing with far sight at the planetary systems of other stars.
Since most research germane to the field has been done here on Earth, Darling explores such hot topics as heat vents and other geothermal mini-biomes, meteoritic dissection, and, of course, SETI's radio telescope arrays. Mars, Venus, and the moons of the outer planets are all major characters, and their stories will reinvigorate most readers' excitement about the prospects of having neighbors just down the cosmic street. Ending with a set of hypotheses and brief explorations of their ramifications if shown to be true, Life Everywhere is an outstanding and thought-provoking look at what could ultimately be the most world-shaking research ever conducted. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A very interesting section is Darling's critique of Ward and Brownlee's book, "Rare Earth."
The writing style is definately more casual and as if you are inside the mind of Darling, compared to the more "here's the information" style of other books.
I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the scientific basis for astrobiology.
Parts of this lucid and accessible book have become dated. We now have found hundreds of exoplanets including some so-called Goldilocks planets in the presumed habitable zone for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Peterson
A positive explanation and outlook for the view that life can and probably does exist in other parts of the universe, other than earth. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Toshokan
I read this book cover to cover and truly enjoyed it. I loved that it provided me with a new way of thinking of science and of connecting my knowledge of both biology and chemistry... Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by Cat
I think this is a good book to read after reading "Rare Earth". The writing style is definately more casual and as if you are inside the mind of Darling, compared to the more... Read morePublished on March 24, 2006 by N. Pinto
This book is actually in the form of a long essay defending the hypothesis that life, at least in microbial form, is widespread in the Galaxy. Read morePublished on December 21, 2004 by Jill Malter
This is one of eight books on Astrobiology which were rushed out after the publication of Joseph's revolutionary and ground breaking text, in May of 2000. Read morePublished on October 17, 2003
I would definitely recommend to buy and read this book, but beware... this book is very thought provocing! Read morePublished on July 7, 2002 by Emmanuel Lambert
Astrobiology is THE science of the future... and the science of the past... and encompasses the study of genetics, microbiology, astronomy, evolution... and of course... Read morePublished on June 12, 2001 by Rhawn Joseph