Anyone with a fleeting curiosity regarding astrobiology or those looking for an entry-level overview of this fascinating field will be treated to narrator James Adams’ humble and pitch-perfect narration, which evokes the reassuring tone of famed British naturalist David Attenborough, in this audiobook of Lewis Dartnell’s accomplished yet refreshingly simple survey of life in the universe, which not only spans the four billion years of Earth’s history, but ventures further out into the galaxy in search of potentially habitable environments and other mysteries that lurk in the awe-inspiring vastness of space.
The study of life and its existence in the universe, known as astrobiology, is now one of the hottest areas of both popular science and serious academic research, fusing biology, chemistry, astrophysics, and geology. Lewis Dartnell tours its latest findings, and explores some of the most fascinating questions in science. Could life emerge on other planets or moons? Could alien cells be based on silicon rather than carbon, or need ammonia instead of water?
Dartnell takes us on a tour of our solar system and beyond to reveal how deeply linked we are to our cosmic environment, and what we might hope to find out there.
Very solid treatment of the basics, which maintains the relevance of this book for the current time.