Their new science
is the field of biology ratcheted up to encompass not just life on Earth but also life beyond Earth. It forces us to reconsider the life of our planet as but a single example of how life might work, rather than as the only example.
The revolution in astrobiology during the 1990s was twofold. First, scientists grew to appreciate how incredibly robust microbial life can be, found in the superheated water of deep-sea vents, pools of acid, or even within the crust of the Earth itself. The chance of finding such simple life on other bodies in our solar system has never seemed more realistic. But second, scientists have begun to appreciate how many unusual factors have cooperated to make Earth a congenial home for animal life: Jupiter's stable orbit, the presence of the Moon, plate tectonics, just the right amount of water, the right position in the right sort of galaxy. Ward and Brownlee make a convincing if depressing case for their hypothesis, undermining the principle of mediocrity (or, "Earth isn't all that special") that has ruled astronomy since Copernicus. --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book, like none other that I have ever read, made me realize all the amazing things that had to happen for life as we know it to exist on this planet.
Rare Earth is a fascinating book that argues that intelligent life is rare in the universe.
I'm only about half-way through but my take away is this: the harder these guys try to make the case that there is no God that could have created this earth the more they make the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard C. Porter
Mr. Ward and Mr. Brownlee described the conditions needed for multi-cellular life. The planet must be in a quiet neighborhood of the galaxy - somewhere nearer the edge - & must... Read morePublished 3 months ago by SueB
Rare Earth is intriguing and enjoyable to read – it describes how life evolved from non-life and then how simple life finally evolves to complex life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Loyd E. Eskildson
Well written, in depth discussion on the possibility of life in places most of us would not even consider. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Clay Marshall
This guy is smart. Its a good read and I am really glad I got this book. It really makes you think and opens you eye to new things. Good book.Published 6 months ago by Robert Russell
The book walks through numerous lines of evidence regarding the commonness, or rarity, of life in the universe. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jim Baker
Having read other books and taken astrobiology courses this book ties it all together. Disappointing for those of us who hope to someday contact others. Read morePublished 7 months ago by jeff rusteen
For scientist and non scientist, an exploration sweeping the whole of planets existence. As compelling as comprehensive a study, showing why we are unique in the universe.Published 8 months ago by Robert
Read this book twice, may need to read it a few more times to really get through the "dry" parts. Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. Smith