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The Resource Alone in the universe : why our planet is unique, John Gribbin

Alone in the universe : why our planet is unique, John Gribbin

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Alone in the universe : why our planet is unique
Title
Alone in the universe
Title remainder
why our planet is unique
Statement of responsibility
John Gribbin
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The acclaimed author of In Search of Schrödinger's Cat searches for life on other planetsAre we alone in the universe? Surely amidst the immensity of the cosmos there must be other intelligent life out there. Don't be so sure, says John Gribbin, one of today's best popular science writers. In this fascinating and intriguing new book, Gribbin argues that the very existence of intelligent life anywhere in the cosmos is, from an astrophysicist's point of view, a miracle. So why is there life on Earth and (seemingly) nowhere else? What happened to make this planet special? Taking us back some 600 million years, Gribbin lets you experience the series of unique cosmic events that were responsible for our unique form of life within the Milky Way Galaxy. Written by one of our foremost popular science writers, author of the bestselling In Search of Schrödinger's Cat offers a bold answer to the eternal question, "Are we alone in the universe?" Explores how the impact of a "supercomet" with Venus 600 million years ago created our moon, and along with it, the perfect conditions for life on Earth from one of our most talented science writers, this book is a daring, fascinating exploration into the dawning of the universe, cosmic collisions and their consequences, and the uniqueness of life on Earth"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
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Gribbin, John
Dewey number
525
Index
index present
LC call number
QB632
LC item number
.G75 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Collisions (Astrophysics)
  • SCIENCE / Physics
  • Earth (Planet)
  • Sun
  • Solar system
Label
Alone in the universe : why our planet is unique, John Gribbin
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Publication
Copyright
Note
"First published in Great Britain in 2011 by Penguin Books Ltd."--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Two paradoxes and an equation -- What's so special about our place in the Milky Way? -- What's so special about the sun? -- What's so special about the solar system? -- What's so special about the Earth? -- What's so special about the Cambrian explosion? : contingency and convergence -- What's so special about the Cambrian explosion? : hothouse Venus/snowball Earth -- What's so special about us?
Control code
ocm751797505
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 219 pages
Isbn
9781118147979
Isbn Type
(hardback : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2011034995
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)751797505
  • (Sirsi) a1106719
Label
Alone in the universe : why our planet is unique, John Gribbin
Publication
Copyright
Note
"First published in Great Britain in 2011 by Penguin Books Ltd."--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Two paradoxes and an equation -- What's so special about our place in the Milky Way? -- What's so special about the sun? -- What's so special about the solar system? -- What's so special about the Earth? -- What's so special about the Cambrian explosion? : contingency and convergence -- What's so special about the Cambrian explosion? : hothouse Venus/snowball Earth -- What's so special about us?
Control code
ocm751797505
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 219 pages
Isbn
9781118147979
Isbn Type
(hardback : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2011034995
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)751797505
  • (Sirsi) a1106719

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