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Talking about Life
Conversations on Astrobiology

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Timothy Ferris, Iris Fry, Steven Dick, Ann Druyan, Pinky Nelson, Neil Tyson, Steve Benner, William Bains, Roger Buick, Lynn Rothschild, John Baross, Joe Kirschvink, Andrew Knoll, Simon Conway Morris, Roger Hanlon, Lori Marino, Chris McKay, David Grinspoon, Jonathan Lunine, Carolyn Porco, Laurie Leshin, Guy Consolmagno, Peter Smith, Alan Boss, Geoff Marcy, Debra Fischer, Sara Seager, David Charbonneau, Vikki Meadows, Jill Tarter, Seth Shostak, Ray Kurzweil, Nick Bostrom, Paul Davies, Martin Rees, Ben Bova, Jennifer Michael Hecht
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  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521514927

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  • With over 500 planets now known to exist beyond the Solar System, spacecraft heading for Mars, and the ongoing search for extraterrestrial intelligence, this timely book explores current ideas about the search for life in the Universe. It contains candid interviews with dozens of astronomers, geologists, biologists, and writers about the origin and range of terrestrial life and likely sites for life beyond Earth. The interviewees discuss what we've learnt from the missions to Mars and Titan, talk about the search for Earth clones, describe the surprising diversity of life on Earth, speculate about post-biological evolution, and explore what contact with intelligent aliens will mean to us. Covering topics from astronomy and planetary science to geology and biology, this book will fascinate anyone who has ever wondered ‘Are we alone?'

    • Dozens of astronomers, geologists, biologists, and writers describe in their own words the excitement of the search for life in the Universe
    • Addresses one of the most profound questions in science are we alone?
    • Discusses what we've learnt from the missions to Mars and Titan, the search for Earth clones, the surprising diversity of life on Earth, and what contact with intelligent aliens will mean to us
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    "The views expressed here range from the cautious to the radical, and from those rooted in hard science to the more fanciful, and the views on extraterrestrial life range from those who see it as being widespread, to those who suspect it is extremely rare, perhaps unique to Earth. There is absolutely no comfort in this book for believers in extraterrestrial UFOs, or extraterrestrial humanoids." - Magonia Review of Books, September 2010

    "Chris Impey's concept for the compilation of real-life conversations with astrobiological academics and professionals is unique and, at times, fascinating. He must be applauded for the evident effort in conducting and putting together nearly forty broad ranging interviews." - Leila Battison, Astrobiology Society of Britain

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    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521514927
    • length: 418 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 181 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.99kg
    • contains: 115 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Introduction Timothy Ferris, Iris Fry, Steven Dick, Ann Druyan, Pinky Nelson, Neil Tyson, Steve Benner and William Bains
    Part II. Earth Roger Buick, Lynn Rothschild, John Baross, Joe Kirschvink, Andrew Knoll, Simon Conway Morris, Roger Hanlon and Lori Marino
    Part III. Solar System Chris McKay, David Grinspoon, Jonathan Lunine, Carolyn Porco, Laurie Leshin, Guy Consolmagno and Peter Smith
    Part IV. Exoplanets Alan Boss, Geoff Marcy, Debra Fischer, Sara Seager, David Charbonneau and Vikki Meadows
    Part V. Frontiers Jill Tarter, Seth Shostak, Ray Kurzweil, Nick Bostrom, Paul Davies, Martin Rees, Ben Bova and Jennifer Michael Hecht
    Reading list
    Glossary
    Index.

  • Editor

    Chris Impey, University of Arizona
    Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona. His research interests are observational cosmology, gravitational lensing, and the evolution and structure of galaxies. He has co-authored two introductory textbooks, and wrote the well-received astrobiology book The Living Cosmos (Random House, 2007).

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    Timothy Ferris, Iris Fry, Steven Dick, Ann Druyan, Pinky Nelson, Neil Tyson, Steve Benner, William Bains, Roger Buick, Lynn Rothschild, John Baross, Joe Kirschvink, Andrew Knoll, Simon Conway Morris, Roger Hanlon, Lori Marino, Chris McKay, David Grinspoon, Jonathan Lunine, Carolyn Porco, Laurie Leshin, Guy Consolmagno, Peter Smith, Alan Boss, Geoff Marcy, Debra Fischer, Sara Seager, David Charbonneau, Vikki Meadows, Jill Tarter, Seth Shostak, Ray Kurzweil, Nick Bostrom, Paul Davies, Martin Rees, Ben Bova, Jennifer Michael Hecht

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