Life in the Universe: A Beginner's Guide, Astrobiology Paperback – 8 Mar 2007
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"A much-needed overview of a discipline extending across life, the universe, and everything." (BBC Sky at Night)
"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)
"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)See all Product Description
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RNA and DNA, red dwarfs, extremophiles, the search for a new Earth, possible alien life forms and other caracthers have their role in eight acts of an exciting play.
On a vivid, comprehensive, addicting writing, Dartnell not only embarks on this immense adventure but allow us to join him, giving us space in his vehicule to accompany him in the quest.
The author, besides possessing the knowledge, is gifted to legate it to inquisitory minds and to those giving their first steps in the astrobiology domains, a science conquering its space as times passes.
A book that couldn't be more actual and essencial to understand life, as exoplanets pop out from the darkness of space, as our knowledge about Mars, Titan, Enceladus and other stellar bodies grow, "Life in the Universe: A Beginner's Guide" appears at the perfect time as the perfect guide to know more about the secrets of the alchemy that brought us here and that permit us making the question:
Where might life be waiting us?
Unfortunately, this book was written about 10 years ago - and so much new data is not included. In the last decade, over 1,000 new extra-solar planets have been discovered ... and none of these are discussed in this book. Of course, there had been some extra-solar worlds found when this book was published, and these are examined. But techniques and findings have developed. Thus, this book is rather dated.
Nonetheless, the underlying theory remains sound. And I do recommend this book to anyone considering studying astrobiology.
Having read the book I believe I made the right choice, the author has done a wonderful job in writing this and has clearly done his research. This is very apparent when he explores the possibilities for biological evolution in our own planetry neighborhood, there are some surprises along the way, but the possibilities and drawbacks are reinforced by solid explanations.
I am also pleased to say that this book really gauges your interest, I literally could not stop reading. Rather than just present fact and speculation as they are, the author has gone to some length to tap into your imagination and keep you reading. Some the chapters just drift by without you realizing how much you have taken in. For this reason I will be reading parts of it again.
A beginners guide? Yes and No, there is some serious academic reading here. One of the reasons I held off from buying the book at first was the subtitle, A Beginners Guide. Again I will be re-reading parts of this book because it does contain some quite complex scientific facts. Especially where DNA, RNA and cellular evolution are concerned, but this is a credit to both the book and it's author.
I heartily recommend this work.
An easy and interesting read by someone who has clearly done the background research to pull together hundreds of different strands of research from cosmology to chemistry into a coherent and useful book on an exciting topic.
Quiet heavy going at times but worth persevering.
Still think ET will arrive one day in a flying saucer and there is a high chance she will be green :-)
Written in a clear easy to understand and in-depth style.
An enjoyable read to understanding a rewarding aspect of science.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for the beginner, and anyone interested In the creation of life on earth, and the possibility of life elseware in the iniverse , not difficult to understand as is... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Astroboy1982
A great primer on the new study of astrobiology - they should re-release it every year with updates (another earth like exo-planet found last week!). Read morePublished 19 months ago by Iain S
Dr Dartnell explains the complex issues of the origin of life in really clear easy to understand English. It helps if you have a basic grounding in sciencePublished on 26 Sept. 2013 by Marti
A fascinating book about a complex subject which is easy to understand.Published on 11 April 2010 by G. Houghton
I knew this book from a colleague and wanted my own copy. I got that quickly for a reasonable price.Published on 10 July 2009 by P. R. Wesselius
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