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Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2001

    A must read, and must have in your library

    I had expected some philosophical musings and light-weight evidence to support the premise. Instead you get the best book I've read yet tracing the latest ideas on the Earth's development and geographical and biological evolution. The most recent scientific theories and fact findings are presented and discussed to bring considerable weight to the author's premise that our earth and it's biological development are rare and probably not duplicated elsewhere, except for perhaps microscopic life. If you want the most up-to-date ideas and findings on how life developed and evolved, then this is a must read. The writing is also very understandable for the non-technical person (like me) who wants the findings and interpretations without too much pendantic discussion on chemical analysis, DNA structure, rock formation, etc. Even if you really want to believe in ET and billions of Earth-like planets out there, this book is the best for presenting the tremendous circumstances necessary to create another home for higher life forms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2001

    Required Reading

    This is a book that if correct, could have monumental consequences in the way we look at our place in the Cosmos. While it goes against much of the current thinking on the subject, the authors do an excellent job of making a case. If complex animal life is truly rare in the Universe, we need to rethink the value of our planet, species, and all life on Earth. This book should be required reading for all high school age students.

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  • Posted December 1, 2009

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    Read Hardback Years Ago But Still Recommend

    I purchased this in hardback several years ago, perhaps about 2000 or so, and have only read it twice since then...but it is so powerful that it still stands out in my memory as an awesome book that was thought-provoking, informative, and made me grateful for the wonderful world upon which we live.

    I'm an accountant and freelance photographer by trade, but the authors explained complex concepts so even an "armchair astronomer" may understand the subject matter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    Do you believe in alien life?

    This book will take you in a diferent aprouch and view on how life can be found in other worlds.Not the typical'Take me to your leader'alien life,but a scientific view and real posibilities within the universe.I enjoided very much.

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