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The Resource Lucky planet : why Earth is exceptional-- and what that means for life in the universe, David Waltham

Lucky planet : why Earth is exceptional-- and what that means for life in the universe, David Waltham

Label
Lucky planet : why Earth is exceptional-- and what that means for life in the universe
Title
Lucky planet
Title remainder
why Earth is exceptional-- and what that means for life in the universe
Statement of responsibility
David Waltham
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Humankind has long fantasized about life elsewhere in the universe. And as we discover countless exoplanets orbiting other stars--among them, rocky super-Earths and gaseous Hot Jupiters--we become ever more hopeful that we may come across extraterrestrial life. Yet even as we become aware of the vast numbers of planets outside our solar system, it has also become clear that Earth is exceptional. The question is: why? In Lucky Planet, astrobiologist David Waltham argues that Earth's climate stability is one of the primary factors that makes it able to support life, and that nothing short of luck made such conditions possible. The four-billion-year stretch of good weather that our planet has experienced is statistically so unlikely, he shows, that chances are slim that we will ever encounter intelligent extraterrestrial others. Describing the three factors that typically control a planet's average temperature--the heat received from its star, how much heat the planet absorbs, and the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere--Waltham paints a complex picture of how special Earth's climate really is
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
577.2/2
Index
index present
LC call number
QH543
LC item number
.W35 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Lucky planet : why Earth is exceptional-- and what that means for life in the universe, David Waltham
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: A tale of two planets -- Almost too good to be true -- Mediocrity -- Rarely earth -- Constant change -- Air conditioning -- Snowballs and greenhouses -- Staggering through time -- Music of the spheres -- Force of nature -- Pond weeds and daisies -- Life's big bang -- Eclipse -- The dark side of the moon -- Gaia or Goldilocks? -- Epilogue: Siblings
Control code
ocn866859887
Dimensions
24 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
ix, 198 pages
Isbn
9780465080823
Lccn
2013046904
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
  • regular print
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)866859887
Label
Lucky planet : why Earth is exceptional-- and what that means for life in the universe, David Waltham
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: A tale of two planets -- Almost too good to be true -- Mediocrity -- Rarely earth -- Constant change -- Air conditioning -- Snowballs and greenhouses -- Staggering through time -- Music of the spheres -- Force of nature -- Pond weeds and daisies -- Life's big bang -- Eclipse -- The dark side of the moon -- Gaia or Goldilocks? -- Epilogue: Siblings
Control code
ocn866859887
Dimensions
24 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
ix, 198 pages
Isbn
9780465080823
Lccn
2013046904
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
  • regular print
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)866859887

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