Life as We Do Not Know It: The NASA Search for (and Synthesis Of) Alien Life

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Penguin, 2007 - Science - 298 pages
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An engrossing and revelatory first look at the search for alien life—on Earth and beyond

For the past twenty years, Peter Ward has been at the forefront of popular science writing, with books such as the influential and controversial Rare Earth. In Life as We Do Not Know It, Ward, with his signature blend of eloquence, humor, and learned insight, vividly details the latest scientific findings, cutting-edge research, and intrepid new theories on the subject of alien life and the possible extraterrestrial origins of life on Earth. In lucid, entertaining, and bold prose, Peter Ward once again challenges our notions of life on earth (and beyond).

 

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User Review  - ScoutJ - LibraryThing

A really intriguing look at the search for life here on earth as well as in the stars. Ward presents some compelling arguments for destinations and processes. Additionally, he tackles the topic of ... Read full review

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User Review  - JayDugger - LibraryThing

This strikes me as an adequate, if opinionated, popular science text. The author would do better to concentrate the text with more science and less filler. For example, I do not care at all that the ... Read full review

Contents

What Is Life?
1
What Is Earth Life?
24
Life as We Do Not Know It
58
The Artificial Synthesis of Life 9
119
Are There Aliens Already on Earth?
135
Why There May Be Aliens
142
Mercury and Venus
155
Chapter 9 Fossils on the Moon
163
Titan
215
Implications Ethics and Dangers
235
Send Paleontologists to Mars and Biochemists to Titan
247
A Forest of Life?
254
7
257
References
263
Index
265
Copyright

Chapter IO Mars 74
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Peter Ward, a recognized authority on mass extinctions, is professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. His books include Gorgon, Future Evolution, The End of Evolution, and, with Donald Brownlee, Rare Earth and The Life and Death of Planet Earth. He has also appeared in numerous TV documentaries for PBS, Discover, and The Learning Channel.

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