Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe
By (author) Simon Conway Morris
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Life's Solution by Simon Conway Morris
Book DescriptionThe assassin's bullet misses, the Archduke's carriage moves forward, and a catastrophic war is avoided. So too with the history of life. Re-run the tape of life, as Stephen J. Gould claimed, and the outcome must be entirely different: an alien world, without humans and maybe not even intelligence. The history of life is littered with accidents: any twist or turn may lead to a completely different world. Now this view is being challenged. Simon Conway Morris explores the evidence demonstrating life's almost eerie ability to navigate to a single solution, repeatedly. Eyes, brains, tools, even culture: all are very much on the cards. So if these are all evolutionary inevitabilities, where are our counterparts across the galaxy? The tape of life can only run on a suitable planet, and it seems that such Earth-like planets may be much rarer than hoped. Inevitable humans, yes, but in a lonely Universe.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521603256
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Simon Conway Morris
Fitness of the Cosmos for Life, Paperback (August 2012)
An interdisciplinary book for scientists interested in the origin and existence of life in our universe, first published in 2007.
Early Evolution of Metazoa and the Significance of Problematic Taxa, Paperback (June 2009)
This book embraces general problems of animal classification of animals and new information on their molecular sequences.
Life's Solution, Hardback (September 2003)
A controversial challenge to current views of evolution, for the general reader.
Crucible of Creation, Paperback (October 1999)» View all books by Simon Conway Morris
Located in the west of Canada, the Burgess Shale contains a unique collection of fossil remains, and has become an icon for those studying the history of life. This book takes us on a journey back in time through the Burgess Shale and its collection of pre-Cambrian creatures.
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Author Biography - Simon Conway Morris
Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge, he is also the author of The Crucible of Creation (1998).
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