The World's Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

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"Scientists from around the world weigh in on the latest advances in the search for intelligent life in the universe and discuss just what that might look like. Included are essays from a broad spectrum of the scientific community: cosmologists, astrophysicists, NASA planetary scientists, and geneticists, discussing the latest research and theories relating to alien life." --Adapted from
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250109637
Branch Call Number: 576.839 Al
Description: 232 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Al-Khalili, Jim 1962-


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Sep 20, 2017

Even if you've read other books in the field, you're likely to find something new, though nothing is treated at any appreciable length. Probably would make a good introduction for the newbie.

This is a really good collection of essays by many of the leaders in the field. They make good arguments and tell fascinating stories. The tone is pretty level from author to author but the writing styles are, naturally, often quite different; such are the circumstances of an edited collection. That said, there is a ton of good stuff here and lots to cool things to learn. My only complaint with this book is that it is entirely text. Not one image, graphic, chart, illustration, or photograph of any kind appears. It's a lost opportunity that would have greatly enhanced many of the writings.


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