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Life in the Universe

A Beginner's Guide

Lewis Dartnell

Astrobiology, the study of life and its existence in the universe, is one of the hottest areas of scientific research. Lewis Dartnell considers some of the fascinating questions facing researchers today. Could life exist anywhere else in the universe? What might aliens really look like? Dartnell explains why Earth is uniquely suited for life and reveals our profound connection to the cosmos.

  • Publication date: March 8, 2007
  • ISBN: 9781851685059
  • RRP: £9.99
  • Pages: 224
  • Publication date: December 1, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781780741635
  • RRP: £4.99
  • Pages: 224

Reviews

"Dartnell’s guide is much-needed overview of a discipline extending across life, the Universe and everything. Demanding read, but definitely rewarding"
BBC Sky at Night
"Explores the latest theories for how life came to evolve on Earth, and adds fascinating speculations on the prospects for finding it elsewhere."
The Times
"Dartnell explores the latest theories for how life came to evolve on Earth, and adds fascinating speculations on the prospects for finding it elsewhere."
The Times
"If one were to read a single book on astrobiology, this would be an excellent choice."
Choice
"Few books are more wide-ranging and thought-provoking than Life in the Universe, an excellent introduction to the emerging science of astrobiology."
Oxford Today
"If one were to read a single book on astrobiology, this would be an excellent choice… The book is a must for the newcomer to astrobiology and an excellent resource for anyone wishing to expand their understanding of the subject."
Choice
"Dartnell's style is direct, easy to follow and the subject matter comprehensive."
The Biologist
"A much-needed overview of a discipline extending across life, the universe, and everything."
BBC Sky at Night
"Quite simply, this is a fantastic book… I recommend it for anyone with an interest in astrobiology in particular, biology in general, life, the universe and everything."
Microbiology Today

Lewis Dartnell

Lewis Dartnell is currently researching at CoMPLEX (the Centre for Mathematics & Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology), at University College London. He has won three national science writing prizes, including second place in the prestigious Daily Telegraph / BASF Young Science Writer Award.

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