The Life and Death of Planet Earth
How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of Our World
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Life and Death of Planet Earth by Peter Douglas Ward
Book DescriptionThis is the first real biography of the Earth - not only a brilliant portrait of the emergence and evolution of life on this planet, but a vivid and frightening look at Earth's remote future. Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee combine storytelling power with extreme scientific care, and their narrative is as transfixing as any of H.G. Wells's fantasies, but more enthralling, for Ward and Brownlee have real power to prognosticate. This is a book that makes one shiver, but also inspires one to wonder how humanity (if we survive in the short term) will fare in the distant future." Oliver Sachs. Peter Ward and Don Brownlee, a geologist and an astronomer respectively, are in the vanguard of the new field of astrobiology. Combining their knowledge of the evolution of life on our planet with their understanding of the life cycles of stars and solar systems, the author's tell the awe-inspiring story of the second half of Earth's life. The process of planetary evolution will essentially reverse itself; life as we know it will subside until only the simplest forms remain. The oceans will evaporate, and as the sun slowly expands, Earth itself will eventually meet a fiery end.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780749924256
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Imprint: Piatkus Books
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 22-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter Douglas Ward
Flooded Earth, Paperback (August 2012)
"A beautifully written, thoroughly researched and relentlessly terrifying work, and a must-read for anybody with an interest in the environment or the future of our planet."--Salon.com
Under A Green Sky, Paperback (June 2008)
According to paleontologist Ward, all but one of the major extinction events in history have been brought on by climate change--the same global warming that occurs today. The author argues that events in the past can give valuable information about the future of our planet.
Life and Death of Planet Earth, Paperback (August 2007)
This is a vivid description of the second half of the life of our planet. Combining their knowledge of evolution with their understanding of the life cycle of stars and solar systems, the authors predict that the process will essentially reverse itself until only the simplest forms remain on Earth.
Life as We Do Not Know it, Paperback (February 2007)» View all books by Peter Douglas Ward
The author, a principal investigator for the NASA Astrobiology Institute, presents the latest data on the range of life that is scientifically possible on Earth and beyond.
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Author Biography - Peter Douglas Ward
Peter Ward is Professor of Geological Sciences and Zoology at the University of Washington in Seattle; he is also the author of nine science books, including On Methuselah's Trail: Living Fossils and the Great Extinctions, and The End of Evolution. - David Brownlee is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington, and co-author with Peter Ward of the acclaimed and bestselling Rare Earth.
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