Strangers in the Night: A Brief History of Life on Other Worlds

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Counterpoint, 1998 - Science - 348 pages
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The father-son team of David E. Fisher and Marshall Jon Fisher brings the study of extraterrestrial life down to earth. They trace humankind's attempts to discover life on other worlds - a discipline known in scientific circles as exobiology. Beginning in the 17th century with the story of Giordano Bruno, whose interest in the mysteries of the universe caused him to be burned at the stake, the study continues through to the late 1990s highlighting scientific breakthroughs: evidence of fossilized organisms in a meteorite from Mars; planets orbiting a variety of different stars; and a possible ocean on one of Jupiter's moons. Guided by history and by science, this book separates fantasies about aliens from the search for documented evidence of extraterrestrial life.

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After centuries of searching, we've discovered what could be life on Mars, but as technology sends probes deeper into space, will they turn up anything as smart as us? Is the reason we haven't found ... Read full review


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Fisher has a Ph.D. in nuclear physics and is a professor of cosmochemistry at the University of Miami.

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