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Preview — The Aliens Are Coming! The Exciting and Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe by Ben Miller
The Aliens Are Coming! The Exciting and Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe
Discover the fascinating and cutting-edge science behind the greatest question of all: is there life beyond Earth?
For millennia, we have looked up at the stars and wondered whether we are alone in the universe. In the last few years, scientists have made huge strides towards answering that question. In The Aliens are Coming!, comedian and bestselling science writer Be...more
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I had no idea that Ben Miller was such a brilliant guy! This is a well written informative and FUNNY book about the development of life on Earth and how it influences our search for life out in the stars. It's fascinating learning about the parameters needed for life to develop and how specific they are. These things affect our way of interpreting what constitutes life, and gives us ideas about what needs to be present in where we look for it. The book covers a lot about evolution and ...more
There were so many theories and experiments I was unaware of. While a great deal of the discussion revolved around where microbiological alien life may be, there is also discussion of more complex life.
I did not know much about SETI entering the book, a ...more
I wasn't totally sure what to expect from this book if I'm honest and it turns out this is wasn't that far away from being More It's Not Rocket Science. I liked Miller's first book so I am not complaining that this is mostly in a similar vein to it. To consider aliens Miller looks at how the universe began, how the Earth was formed, how life first existed and some quite complica ...more
A few notes and other thoughts I had whilst reading, that I wrote on post-its and stuck in relevant places:
LOVE extremophiles and want to learn more about those
did life really begin on Mars rather than Earth, and then travel by comet ...more
The rather vulgar, UFO-infested, cover belies the eclectic and well-organized interior, in which Miller marshals facts and histories into a fascinating overview of the development of the search for lif ...more
Certainly, 'The Aliens Are Coming', which sounds a little like science fiction, does explore the realities of flourishing life forms in our universe, but it is the life forms on earth that Miller gets to grips with here.
The extraordinary science incorporates geology, biology and chemistry with copious am ...more
If there's one issue I take with this book, it's his human-centric view that he seems unable to shake himself from. A bit of a problem and a drag on the book because he is talking about extraterrestrial intelligent life.
Like when he talks about timespans of evolution and assumes that the timespan for sapient life to appear and for sp ...more
Then came the three sections titled “Universes”, “life,” and “humans” each a more tedious and painful read than the last. Like 1 star stuff.
“Universes” was an in depth discussion of how changing each uni ...more
I noticed a few complaints in other descriptions about the chapters on Earth-based life, but if we can't understand life on our own planet, how will we ever understand life from another galaxy? my only complaint is that I can't beli ...more
Fun, entertaining, and thought provoking.