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Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique 1st Edition
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The acclaimed author of In Search of Schrödinger's Cat searches for life on other planets
Are we alone in the universe? Surely amidst the immensity of the cosmos there must be other intelligent life out there. Don't be so sure, says John Gribbin, one of today's best popular science writers. In this fascinating and intriguing new book, Gribbin argues that the very existence of intelligent life anywhere in the cosmos is, from an astrophysicist's point of view, a miracle. So why is there life on Earth and (seemingly) nowhere else? What happened to make this planet special? Taking us back some 600 million years, Gribbin lets you experience the series of unique cosmic events that were responsible for our unique form of life within the Milky Way Galaxy.
- Written by one of our foremost popular science writers, author of the bestselling In Search of Schrödinger's Cat
- Offers a bold answer to the eternal question, "Are we alone in the universe?"
- Explores how the impact of a "supercomet" with Venus 600 million years ago created our moon, and along with it, the perfect conditions for life on Earth
From one of our most talented science writers, this book is a daring, fascinating exploration into the dawning of the universe, cosmic collisions and their consequences, and the uniqueness of life on Earth.
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The book is not actually properly titled. Gribbin does not claim that we are alone in the universe. The universe could be infinite, or at least far larger than we can imagine. If such is the case, then intelligent life is likely to exist somewhere out there. Gribbin pretty much claims that we are alone in our galaxy. I hope he's wrong (unless those aliens are something like the Borg), but it's still an interesting read.
The bottom line is that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It taught me lots of things and made me look at things from a completely different angle; it's given me a whole lot of things to think about (and to worry about; and I would heartily recommend it.