Life's Solution

Life's Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe

Language & Reference, Popular Science, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 08/11/2004
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Synopsis

The assassin's bullet misses, the Archduke's carriage moves forward, and a catastrophic war is avoided. So too with the history of life. Re-run the tape of life, as Stephen J. Gould claimed, and the outcome must be entirely different: an alien world, without humans and maybe not even intelligence. The history of life is littered with accidents: any twist or turn may lead to a completely different world. Now this view is being challenged. Simon Conway Morris explores the evidence demonstrating life's almost eerie ability to navigate to a single solution, repeatedly. Eyes, brains, tools, even culture: all are very much on the cards. So if these are all evolutionary inevitabilities, where are our counterparts across the galaxy? The tape of life can only run on a suitable planet, and it seems that such Earth-like planets may be much rarer than hoped. Inevitable humans, yes, but in a lonely Universe.

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521603256
  • Number of pages: 488
  • Weight: 680g
  • Dimensions: 226 x 150 x 28 mm

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