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Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life

  1. Dec 22, 2003 #1
    Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life
    by David Grinspoon
    Hardcover: 440 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.42 x 9.46 x 6.44
    Publisher: HarperCollins; (November 4, 2003) ISBN: 0060185406
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060185406/darwinanddarwiniAMAZON - UK
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060185406/humannaturecomEditorial Reviews
    From Publishers Weekly
    Principal scientist at the Southwest Research Institute's department of space
    science, Grinspoon offers an up-to-date picture of the search for
    extraterrestrial life and the prospects of finding it in a universe that we now
    know contains other solar systems. It also covers the nearly four centuries
    that the search has been under way since the initial observations of
    Renaissance astronomers. As soon as biology joined the inquiring minds,
    theories multiplied thick and fast; the historiography of the scientific debate
    is complex and has the potential for being unbearably dull. But Grinspoon
    handles the wide variety of material necessary for a coherent narrative with
    great aplomb, marshalling material such as the charming Conversations, a
    17th-century dialogue by a French astronomer in which a philosopher and a
    marquise debate astronomical topics. Even when he turns to physics, the author
    runs to phrases like "the Sun in its wild youth" to describe the energy output
    of various kinds of stars, making this book less a popularization than a
    personable chat on life, the universe and everything.
    Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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