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Life Everywhere: The Maverick Science of Astrobiology

by David Darling
New York: Basic Books, 2002. 224 pages.

In Life Everywhere, Darling offers a highly readable introduction to the burgeoning science of astrobiology, lucidly explaining its purview, goals, and methods, and offering his own predictions about what is in store. Darling, who has a DSc in Physics and a PhD in astronomy, relies not only on his own knowledge but also on extensive interviews with the movers and shakers in astrobiology. He also exposes the creationist roots of the "Rare Earth" hypothesis. "Darling's book serves as an enthralling introduction to the new science of astrobiology and the old, still exhilarating philosophical question of our place in the universe," writes Lynn Margulis.