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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.
Wonderful logic on why our earth may be only advanced life in universe - or one of very very few. Well written and thoughtful.Published 2 months ago by Denise Eskildson
Excellent book! I recommend it to everyone aiming to understand a bit more about how life came to be here, and how it could emerge elsewhere.Published 3 months ago by Sergio Eduardo Ribeiro da Silva
Many have claimed that the existence of advanced alien life, due to the size of the universe, is extremely probable. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jonas
A thorough,readable and well researched investigation into the unlikely truth of intelligent life on earth. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert M Hodgson
Great book, and even tho author is non religious, his book unintentionally bolsters creation !!!Published 3 months ago by ROBERT D McDANIEL
It takes you on a scientific journey of discovering space.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not terribly scientific, definitely written for a layman. Still, it is a nice way to spend several lazy afternoons pondering why the universe was not content to produce stars and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by einv