Life on Other Worlds and How to Find It
Research into the possibility of life beyond Earth is no longer a fringe discipline. For example, a growing number of scientists now believe that microbial life will be found on Mars. In this fascinating new book, astrophysicist Stuart Clark considers the weight of modern scientific evidence and finds every reason to believe that life-forms should be as much a part of the cosmos as stars themselves. Drawing together strands from the frontiers of such diverse research topics as astronomy, biology, genetics and language theory, the author presents a cosmic tapestry for the general audience, showing lifeís inextricable bonds with the cosmos.
With easy-to-understand examples, Stuart takes the reader on an intriguing journey into the deepest realms of the Universe, into the microscopic world of the living cell and back to the time of the dinosaurs. Life on Earth, it seems, is no chance accident nor is it anything miraculous. Instead, scientists are beginning to realise that each step is a perfectly consistent, perhaps even expected, step along the scientific ladder. So if life developed on Earth, then why not elsewhere?
Ultimately, by explaining how life is so intrinsically linked with the laws of nature, this book brings the Universe a little closer to us all, and forces us to believe in the existence of extraterrestrials.
is the Director of Public Astronomy Education at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. As well as teaching, he is researching into fields ranging from the formation of stars and planets to the origin of life. Adult education groups and astronomical societies regularly invite Stuart to lecture on a wide range of astronomical subjects. Stuart has also lectured for businesses who want to entertain their clients with something a little different from a day on the golf course. Writing is a particular passion and Stuart has penned seven previous astronomy books. He is currently hard at work on his first science fiction novel. Television audiences around the globe may have seen him during the 1999 total solar eclipse when he provided live comentary for BBC World Service television from Cornwall, UK.
Table of Contents
- Test for echo
- The universal stage
- Celestial power stations
- Life? Donít talk to me about life....
- The origin of life
- Sites for life
- Looking for life in the Solar System
- Searching for inhabited planets
- ET IQ
- Tuning in to ET-FM
- The odds of receiving a visit
xvi + 179 pagesBinding:
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