The Resource Weird life : the search for life that is very, very different from our own, David Toomey

Weird life : the search for life that is very, very different from our own, David Toomey

Label
Weird life : the search for life that is very, very different from our own
Title
Weird life
Title remainder
the search for life that is very, very different from our own
Statement of responsibility
David Toomey
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Introduces unusual life-forms and the scientists who search for them and traces the discoveries of unfamiliar life forms in extreme areas of the solar system
  • "In the 1980s and 1990s, in places where no one thought it possible, scientists found organisms they called extremophiles: lovers of extremes. There were bacteria in volcanic hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, single-celled algae in Antarctic ice floes, and fungi in the cooling pools of nuclear reactors. But might there be life stranger than the most extreme extremophile? Might there be, somewhere, another kind of life entirely? In fact, scientists have hypothesized life that uses ammonia instead of water, life based not in carbon but in silicon, life driven by nuclear chemistry, and life whose very atoms are unlike those in life we know. In recent years some scientists have begun to look for the tamer versions of such life on rock surfaces in the American Southwest, in a "shadow biosphere" that might impinge on the known biosphere, and even deep within human tissue. They have also hypothesized more radical versions that might survive in Martian permafrost, in the cold ethylene lakes on Saturn's moon Titan, and in the hydrogen-rich atmospheres of giant planets in other solar systems. And they have imagined it in places off those worlds: the exotic ices in comets, the vast spaces between the stars, and--strangest of all--parallel universes. Distilling complex science in clear and lively prose, David Toomey illuminates the research of the biological avant-garde and describes the workings of weird organisms in riveting detail. His chapters feature an unforgettable cast of brilliant scientists and cover everything from problems with our definitions of life to the possibility of intelligent weird life. With wit and understanding that will delight scientists and lay readers alike, Toomey reveals how our current knowledge of life forms may account for only a tiny fraction of what's really out there."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Toomey, David M
Dewey number
571
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH313
LC item number
.T66 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Life (Biology)
  • Organisms
  • Curiosities and wonders
  • Ecology
  • Adaptation (Biology)
  • Extreme environments
  • Life on other planets
Label
Weird life : the search for life that is very, very different from our own, David Toomey
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-255) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Extremophiles -- A Shadow Biosphere -- Defining Life -- Starting from Scratch -- A Bestiary of Weird Life -- Life from Comets, Life on Stars, and Life in the Very Far Future -- Intelligent Weird Life -- Weird Life in Science Fiction -- Weird Life in the Multiverse -- Epilogue -- Glossary
Control code
ocn783162722
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 268 pages
Isbn
9780393071580
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2012042391
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)783162722
Label
Weird life : the search for life that is very, very different from our own, David Toomey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-255) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Extremophiles -- A Shadow Biosphere -- Defining Life -- Starting from Scratch -- A Bestiary of Weird Life -- Life from Comets, Life on Stars, and Life in the Very Far Future -- Intelligent Weird Life -- Weird Life in Science Fiction -- Weird Life in the Multiverse -- Epilogue -- Glossary
Control code
ocn783162722
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 268 pages
Isbn
9780393071580
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2012042391
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)783162722

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