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Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe (Paperback)
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Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe (Paperback)

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Paperback 338 Pages / Published: 10/12/2003
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What determines whether complex life will arise on a planet, or even any life at all? Questions such as these are investigated in this groundbreaking book. In doing so, the authors synthesize information from astronomy, biology, and paleontology, and apply it to what we know about the rise of life on Earth and to what could possibly happen elsewhere in the universe. Everyone who has been thrilled by the recent discoveries of extrasolar planets and the indications of life on Mars and the Jovian moon Europa will be fascinated by Rare Earth, and its implications for those who look to the heavens for companionship.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
ISBN: 9780387952895
Number of pages: 338
Weight: 1140 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 19 mm
Edition: 2000


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"...likely to cause a revolution in thinking..."
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"...a startling new hypothesis..."
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"...Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee offer a powerful argument..."
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"...provocative, significant, and sweeping..."
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"...a stellar example of clear writing..."
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