The Life and Death of Planet Earth
How Science Can Predict the Ultimate Fate of Our World
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Life and Death of Planet Earth by Peter Douglas Ward
Book Description"This 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 authors 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: 9780749950095
(196mm x 130mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Piatkus Books
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 2-Aug-2007
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 as We Do Not Know it, Paperback (February 2007)
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.
Rare Earth, Paperback (December 2003)» View all books by Peter Douglas Ward
What determines whether complex life will arise on a planet or even any life at all? This book investigates such questions, synthesizing information from astronomy, biology, and paleontology, and applying it to what we know about the rise of life on Earth and to what could possibly happen elsewhere in the universe.
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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. 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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