Life in the Universe

A Beginner's Guide

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About The Book

Astrobiology, the study of life and its existence in the universe, is one of the hottest areas of scientific research. Lewis Dartnell considers some of the fascinating questions facing researchers today. Could life exist anywhere else in the universe? What might aliens really look like? Dartnell explains why Earth is uniquely suited for life and reveals our profound connection to the cosmos.

About The Author

Lewis Dartnell is currently researching at CoMPLEX (the Centre for Mathematics & Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology), at University College London. He has won three national science writing prizes, including second place in the prestigious Daily Telegraph / BASF Young Science Writer Award.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (April 1, 2007)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781851685059

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Raves and Reviews

"Dartnell’s guide is much-needed overview of a discipline extending across life, the Universe and everything. Demanding read, but definitely rewarding"

– BBC Sky at Night

"Explores the latest theories for how life came to evolve on Earth, and adds fascinating speculations on the prospects for finding it elsewhere."

– The Times

"Dartnell explores the latest theories for how life came to evolve on Earth, and adds fascinating speculations on the prospects for finding it elsewhere."

– The Times

"If one were to read a single book on astrobiology, this would be an excellent choice."

– Choice

"Few books are more wide-ranging and thought-provoking than Life in the Universe, an excellent introduction to the emerging science of astrobiology."

– Oxford Today

"If one were to read a single book on astrobiology, this would be an excellent choice… The book is a must for the newcomer to astrobiology and an excellent resource for anyone wishing to expand their understanding of the subject."

– Choice

"Dartnell's style is direct, easy to follow and the subject matter comprehensive."

– The Biologist

"Quite simply, this is a fantastic book… I recommend it for anyone with an interest in astrobiology in particular, biology in general, life, the universe and everything."

– Microbiology Today

"A much-needed overview of a discipline extending across life, the universe, and everything."

– BBC Sky at Night

"An excellent introduction into the newly emerging and exciting field of astrobiology."

– Gerda Horneck - author of /Looking for Life, Searching the Solar System/ and former Head of the Radi

"Well written and easy to read; it will become a bedside book for any inquiring mind."

– Andre Brack - president of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life and chairma

"Wonderful and well-written."

– Dirk Schulze-Makuch

"An excellent book, comprehensive, authoritative, and well written."

– David Morrison - astrobiologist and recent winner of the Carl Sagan Medal of the American Astronomic

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