Contrasting those who believe in special creation or a cosmic fluke that produced life only once with adherents to a life principle that favors its development wherever conditions suffice, Shapiro suggests that the best way to resolve the issue is simple: let's go looking. He feels that the importance of this question to most people has been underrated by those who (nobly) want to meet our basic needs here on earth before we take off for new worlds, and that we can accommodate everyone by shifting burdens of research funding and reinspiring the public with a new emphasis on this work as a search for meaning. Whether or not his ideas will move us forward, the lively, thoughtful Planetary Dreams is one of the best starting points for learning about the search for the origins of life here and, maybe, out there. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is a subject that I am very interested in. However I found the book quite boring to read. Trying to make it clear, to the general reader he ended out boring, someone who knows... Read morePublished on August 13, 2001
For years scientists have been dicovering the limitations the universe puts on life. In other words, life is very rare. Read morePublished on March 16, 2000
I bought this book largely because of the very favorable reviews here. By page 70 I was ready to fling it across the room and give up on it -- I was getting nothing useful out of... Read morePublished on March 13, 2000
Planetary Dreams is a superb book full of interesting information and ideas. I particularly liked the fresh and inspiring ideas in the last two chapters. Read morePublished on January 7, 2000 by Allen Tough