Lucky Planet

Lucky Planet

Why Earth is Exceptional - and What that Means for Life in the Universe

by David Waltham

Hardback Publication Date: 01/05/2014

$29.99
Science tells us that life elsewhere in the Universe is increasingly likely to be discovered. But in fact the Earth may be a very unusual planet - perhaps the only one like it in the entire visible Universe. In Lucky Planet David Waltham asks why, and comes up with some surprising and unconventional answers.Recent geological, biological, and astronomical discoveries are bringing us closer to understanding whether we might be alone in the Universe. The current consensus is that Earth- like planets have reasonably stable climates and that the forces of natural selection are sufficiently powerful to allow life to adapt to any fluctuations. This book questions that conventional wisdom and suggests, instead, that the Earth may have had 'four billion years of good weather' purely by chance.If Earth-like worlds don't have natural stabilising mechanisms, then intelligent observers such as ourselves will only ever look out onto those rare planets where, like the Earth, all the bad things that could have happened to the climate have fortunately cancelled each other out.So before you prepare to meet the aliens, consider that we are probably alone .
ISBN:
9781848316560
Category:
Popular science
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-05-2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
Icon Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
224
Dimensions (mm):
216x135x25mm
Weight:
0.37kg

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