by Timothy Ferris
Derived from a PBS program bearing the same name, this book uses beautiful pictures to tell the story of human efforts to discover life beyond Earth. Hundreds of stunning illustrations and photographs, some taken from the Hubble Space Telescope, document the evolution of the cosmos and life on Earth. Organisms living in hot ocean vents, freezing Antarctic waters, and rocks deep within Earth's crust suggest a potential for similar life elsewhere in the cosmos. Ferris accompanies these images with lyrical prose conveying the message that the search for extraterrestrial life is far from futile. Observations from such respected scientists as Freeman Dyson, Richard Gott, and Stephen Jay Gould give added depth to accounts of experiments seeking to reveal the origin of life.
Simon & Schuster, 2001, 222 p., color illus., hardcover
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