Life Beyond Earth

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Simon and Schuster, 2000 - Science - 222 pages
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The search for life beyond Earth takes the human mind and spirit back down long corridors of cosmic history, probing the ancient questions of who we are and where we came from. Life Beyond Earth is the story of this exploration. A stunning blend of words and photographs crafted by Timothy Ferris, whom The Christian Science Monitor called "the best popular science writer in the English language today," Life Beyond Earth combines more than 100 illustrations with Ferris's rich, thought-provoking text and observations from such leading scientists as Freeman Dyson, Richard Gott, and Stephen Jay Gould.Drawn from Ferris's critically acclaimed, two-hour PBS documentary, the book covers broad swaths of time and space, from the South Pacific explorations of Charles Darwin and Captain James Cook to the latest space-probe searches for life and organic matter on Mars, Europa, and Titan. Ferris fans and newcomers to his work alike will celebrate this, his most ambitious picture book since the classic Galaxies, which was hailed by Isaac Asimov as "a very good candidate for the most beautiful book in the world." As James Gleick, author of Chaos, remarked about Ferris's most recent bestseller, The Whole Shebang, "What luck that the universe has Tim Ferris to report on its condition!"
 

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Page Credit 1213 John GleasonCelestial Images
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Courtesy of Hubble Heritage Team AURASTScINASA
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left SOHO 22 right Robert Gendler
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John GleasonCelestial Images
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T A Rector B Wolpa M Hanna Kitt Peak National Observatory 0 9m Mosaic AURANOAONSF
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HST Courtesy of J Hester and P Scowen Arizona State University and NASA
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left HST Courtesy of R Sahai and J Trauger JPL the WFPC2 Science Team and NASA 112 right HST Courtesy of NASA A Fruchter and the ERO Te...
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Photography NASA digital scan and image 1999 Michael Light Studio
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Photo by Michael Leahy 1933
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Timothy Ferris is the bestselling author of seven books on astronomy and a regular contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. An emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley, he lives in San Francisco.

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