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The sweeping diversity of complex life on Earth, Ward and Brownlee argue, evolved out of an extraordinary set of physical conditions and chance events that would be extremely hard to duplicate--though not impossible. Many planets throughout the vastness of the Universe may be teeming with microbial life, but advancement beyond this stage is very rare. Everyone with an interest in the possible extent of life in the Universe and the nature of life's evolution on our own planet will be fascinated by Rare Earth. "...likely to cause a revolution in thinkinbg..."--The New York Times "...[the book] has hit the world of astrobiologists like a killer asteroid..."--Newsday (New York) "...a sobering and valuable perspective..."--Science "...a startling new hypothesis..."--Library Journal "...Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee offer a powerful argument..."--The Economist "...provocative, significant, and sweeping..."--Northwest Science & Technology "...a stellar example of clear writing..."--American Scientist "...well thought out and intriguing..."--Icarus "...a pleasure for the rational reader ... what good books are all about..."--The Associated Press

Synopsis:

What determines whether complex life will arise on a planet, or even any life at all? What conditions are necessary for the emergence of intelligence? This books synthesize sinformation from astronomy, biology, and paleontology, to apply what we know about the rise of life on Earth to what could possibly happen elsewhere in the Universe.

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Maybe we really are alone. "Likely to cause a revolution in thinking" (The New York Times), "a stellar example of clear writing" (American Scientist), and "a startling new hypothesis" (Library Journal) This book, revised and with a new preface, makes us think seriously about just how populated, or unpopulated, the universe may be.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface to the Paperback Edition Preface to the First Edition Introduction: The Astrobiology Revolution and the Rare Earth Hypothesis Dead Zones of the Universe Rare Earth Factors 1 Why Life Might Be Widespread in the Universe 2 Habitable Zones of the Universe 3 Building a Habitable Earth 4 Life's First Appearance on Earth 5 How to Build Animals 6 Snowball Earth 7 The Enigma of the Cambrian Explosion 8 Mass Extinctions and the Rare Earth Hypothesis 9 The Surprising Importance of Plate Tectonics 10 The Moon, Jupiter, and Life on Earth 11 Testing the Rare Earth Hypotheses 12 Assessing the Odds 13 Messengers from the Stars References Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780387952895
Author:
Ward, Peter D.
Publisher:
Copernicus Books
Author:
Brownlee, Donald
Author:
Ward, P. D.
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Life on other planets
Subject:
Exobiology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Popular Science in Astronomy
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
astrobiology
Subject:
Language, literature and biography
Subject:
Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st ed. 2000. 1st softcover printing
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20031210
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
372
Dimensions:
235 x 155 mm 1140 gr

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"Synopsis" by , What determines whether complex life will arise on a planet, or even any life at all? What conditions are necessary for the emergence of intelligence? This books synthesize sinformation from astronomy, biology, and paleontology, to apply what we know about the rise of life on Earth to what could possibly happen elsewhere in the Universe.
"Synopsis" by , Maybe we really are alone. "Likely to cause a revolution in thinking" (The New York Times), "a stellar example of clear writing" (American Scientist), and "a startling new hypothesis" (Library Journal) This book, revised and with a new preface, makes us think seriously about just how populated, or unpopulated, the universe may be.
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