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The aliens are coming! : the extraordinary science behind our search for life in the universe

Author: Ben Miller
Publisher: New York : The Experiment, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Aliens Are Coming! is a refreshingly clear, hugely entertaining guide to the search for alien life. Miller looks everywhere for insight, from the Big Bang's sea of energy that somehow became living matter, to the equations that tell us Earth is not so rare, to the clues bacteria hold to how life started. And he makes the case that our growing understanding of life itself will help us predict whether it exists
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Miller, Ben, 1966-
Aliens are coming!
New York : The Experiment, 2016
(DLC) 2016028816
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Miller
ISBN: 9781615193653 1615193650
OCLC Number: 952139258
Notes: "First published in the United Kingdom by Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group"--Title page verso.
Description: 293 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Extremophiles --
SETI --
Planets --
Universes --
Life --
Humans --
Aliens --
Messages.
Responsibility: Ben Miller.

Abstract:

"The Aliens Are Coming! is a refreshingly clear, hugely entertaining guide to the search for alien life. Miller looks everywhere for insight, from the Big Bang's sea of energy that somehow became living matter, to the equations that tell us Earth is not so rare, to the clues bacteria hold to how life started. And he makes the case that our growing understanding of life itself will help us predict whether it exists elsewhere, what it might look like, and when we might find it"--

"Forget science fiction. We are living through one of the most extraordinary revolutions in the history of science: the emergent belief of a generation of physicists, biologists, and chemists that we are not alone. Acclaimed actor and trained quantum physicist Ben Miller gives us an eye-opening, comprehensive, and hugely entertaining guide to the contemporary search for life in the universe. What's required to kickstart life? How did the teeming energy of the Big Bang end up as frogs, trees, and millions of other species? How can evolution provide clues about alien life? What might aliens look like (probably not what we've been led to expect!)? The Aliens Are Coming! covers it all, from the beginnings of life on Earth to the very latest on our search for extraterrestrials--a search more robust (and better funded) than ever before, thanks to technological marvels returning unprecedented amounts of data, from super-high-powered telescopes and Mars rovers to the probes now leaving the solar system and SETI's ever-expanding ability to hunt for signals."--Back cover.

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