Life in the Universe: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides series- Astrobiology)

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Astrobiology, the study of life and its existence in the universe, is now one of the hottest areas of both popular science and serious academic research, fusing biology, chemistry, astrophysics, and geology. In this masterful introduction, Lewis Dartnell explores its latest findings, and explores some of the most fascinating questions in science. What actually is life’? Could it exist on other planets? Could alien cells be based on silicon rather than carbon, or need ammonia instead of water? Introducing some of the most extreme lifeforms on Earth - those thriving in boiling acid or huddled around deep-sea volcanoes - Dartnell takes us on a tour of the universe to reveal how deeply linked we are to our cosmic environment, and shows why the Earth is so uniquely suited for the development of life.

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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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"An excellent book, comprehensive, authoritative, and well written." -- David Morrison - astrobiologist and recent winner of the Carl Sagan Medal of the American Astronomical Society for contributions to the public understanding of science.

"An excellent introduction into the newly emerging and exciting field of astrobiology." -- Gerda Horneck - author of /Looking for Life, Searching the Solar System/ and former Head of the Radiation Biology Section, at the German Aerospace Centre DLR in Cologne, Germany

"Well written and easy to read; it will become a bedside book for any inquiring mind." -- Andre Brack - president of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life and chairman of the Exobiology Science Team at the European Space Agency

"Wonderful and well-written." -- Dirk Schulze-Makuch - Chief Scientist of the GeoBiological Groundwater Research Group (GBiG) and founder of the Life-in-the Solar-System Discussion Group (former Titan Study Group)

"Dartnell's style is direct, easy to follow and the subject matter comprehensive." -- Stephen Lewis, The Biologist

"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: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, April 2008

"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." -- Lucy Goodchild, Microbiology Today, May 2008

An essential, enjoyable and highly readable insight into life in its cosmic context. -- Charles S. Cockell - author of 'Impossible Extinction' and Professor of Microbiology, Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute, Open University.

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, 11/30/2007

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