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The Reason Why

John Gribbin

By the end of the twentieth century, the received wisdom was that we are an ordinary kind of animal living on an ordinary planet orbiting an ordinary star in the backwoods of an unspectacular galaxy. But this image of the Earth and humankind as an insignificant unit in the Universe may be wrong. There are several hundred billion stars in our Milky Way Galaxy. At a conservative estimate, several billion of them are orbited by planets capable of supporting life. There may be more habitable planets in the Galaxy than there are people on Planet Earth. The Reason Why argues that intelligent civilization exists only on Earth and explains that the reason is intimately connected with a series of cosmic events that affected both Venus and Earth, some 600 million years ago, a connection that no one has previously made before.
John Gribbin suggests that human beings are special after all - the unique products of an extraordinary set of circumstances that have not as yet occurred anywhere else in the Galaxy, and possibly not in the entire Universe.

John Gribbin is one of today's greatest writers of popular science and the author of bestselling books including In Search of Schrödinger's Cat, Stardust, Science: A History and Deep Simplicity. John Gribbin is currently Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex.

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  • Science and Technology
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
John Wiley & Sons Inc
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