Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #370)
Includes some science that is well presented and clear.
The topic stimulates the imagination,
while the considerations guiding our exploration offers a kind of refresher course on some foundational scientific ideas.
Of course relating to our place in this Galaxy.
I don't have the time to write a good review but I think it's worth me saying this: I would recommend the book to most readers. If you have an interest in astrobiology and don't have a strong scientific education - or at least a good awareness - then you may well like it; it's well written, explaining scientific concepts effectively.
For me I didn't get too much out of it because I already knew a lot of the concepts the book describes from either my A-Level biology or just random read ...more
VSI can be hit or miss for me, but this one is a definite pass for me.
David Catling is a Professor of Earth and Space Sciences. After a doctorate at the University of Oxford, he worked as a planetary scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center near San Francisco from 1995-2001, then as a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle from 2001-2005, and as a European Union Marie Curie Chair in England from 2005 before returning to Seattle in 2009. Amongst other t...more