The Life and Death of Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of Our World
“They deftly bring together findings from many disparate areas of science in a book that science buffs will find hard to put down.” —Publishers Weekly
Science has worked hard to piece together the story of the evolution of our world up to this point, but only recently have we developed the understanding and the tools to describe the entire life cycle of our planet. Peter D. Ward and Donald Brownlee, a geologist and an astronomer respectively, are in the vanguard of the new field of astrobiology. Combining their knowledge of how the critical sustaining systems of our planet evolve through time with their understanding of how stars and solar systems grow and change throughout their own life cycles, the authors tell the story of the second half of Earth’s life. In this masterful melding of groundbreaking research and captivating, eloquent science writing, Ward and Brownlee provide a comprehensive portrait of Earth’s life cycle that allows us to understand and appreciate how the planet sustains itself today, and offers us a glimpse of our place in the cosmic order.
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Review: The Life and Death of Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of Our WorldUser Review - Joe - Goodreads
Great book but such a downer! Well, maybe not a downer but completely sobering. As someone very familar with astrophysics but almost completely ignorant of geology and paleantology, I found this to be an excellent marriage of several disciplines. All hail, our future stromatalite overlords! Read full review
Review: The Life and Death of Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of Our WorldUser Review - Stephen Palmer - Goodreads
Essential reading! This one has inspired me on numerous occasions... Read full review
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The Life and Death of Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology ...
Peter D. Ward,Donald Brownlee
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Peter Douglas Ward,Donald Brownlee
No preview available - 2007