Alone in the Universe

Alone in the Universe

Why Our Planet Is Unique

Book - 2011
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"The acclaimed author of In Search of Schrödinger's Cat searches for life on other planetsAre 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Hoboken, NY : Wiley, 2011
ISBN: 9781118147979
1118147979
Branch Call Number: 525 GRIBBIN
Characteristics: xv, 219 p. ; 25 cm

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rationallady
Feb 21, 2013

I read lots of astrophysics/astronomy books. This is an easy read with new ideas about what makes our planet so special and perhaps unique in the Milky Way. I loved it.

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binational
Aug 02, 2012

Wow. This is really good science writing. I am fascinated by cosmology, so no neophyte, but I learned a lot more. Utterly depressing if you want to believe there is intelligent life anywhere nearby. Also not very hopeful for our future. Looking at it another way, however, makes it clear the stakes are too high to mess up if we want human civilization to persist for a decent interval, and also makes one realize how lucky we are to have what we have. It is unbelievably scarce.

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