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Expecting to find DNA elsewhere is like expecting a Star Trek universe with humanoid aliens who speak English and insist that we join them for dinner at eight.
Lonely Planets is a substantial book, covering the origins of life on Earth as well as the changes in religious and social thought that have affected astronomers' search for other planets and their theoretical inhabitants. Grinspoon's style is exuberant, even a little cocky, and the result is delightful readability. Lonely Planets lets readers share the dismay of finding out there are probably no Martians and the thrill of wondering if there might be Europans. "I think our galaxy is full of species," writes Grinspoon. "The wise ones are out there waiting for us to join them." --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The author does a wonderful job of explaining complex topics without oversimplifying them.
One of the great mysteries for scientists is why, if even the most conservative assumptions about alien life are correct, it has remained invisible to us on Earth.
The author is an astronomer with an excellent sense of humor and a knack for explaining scientific concepts.
If you're on the fence about getting this book, please just go for it.
Insightful, hilarious, and spell-binding, this book has quite literally changed my life. Read more
This is a book that my son has wanted for a long time. He actually knows and has worked with the author so it makes this book special to have. I believe the book is out of print? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sally Dunn
Grinspoon integrates history of science, social history, physics and his own astrobiology field into this wonderful book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by eggheadmom
Astrobiology is fascinating both philosophically and as a scientific discipline, however the lack of direct evidence (to date) for life beyond earth is the achilles heal of the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Warren G. H. Chinn
As a longtime amateur astronomer, I realized instantly that this book on the search for life elsewhere in the universe would be one of a handful of the best astronomy-related books... Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by John E. Ronner
This review is only for tell that Kindle edition does not have all the images, and some of them are necessary for the text understanding. Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by RFOG
The book is at its best when it takes a long deep look into the things that are knowable, such as the history of this field, and the passages on Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle's... Read morePublished on July 29, 2009 by Cosmoetica
Grinspoon is a terrific tour guide to the universe -- he's part Everyman and part Einstein. You'll remember details from this book months and years later just because of the vivid... Read morePublished on February 28, 2007 by Mark Stevens