Goldilocks and the Water Bears by Louisa Preston
The Search for Life in the Universe

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An astrobiologist and planetary geologist delineates the development of life on Earth and then makes the leap into “life” elsewhere in the heavens...A solid, absorbing background to what makes life possible.
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'An expert romp through the science of extraterrestrial life.' Adam Rutherford

Today we know of only a single planet that hosts life: the Earth. But across a Universe of at least 100 billion possibly habitable worlds, surely our planet isn't the only one that is just right for life? As Goldilocks was searching for the perfect bowl of porridge, astrobiologists are searching for conditions throughout the Universe that are just right for life as we currently know it to exist.

With the Earth as our guide, the search has begun for similar worlds sitting at the perfect distance from their Sun – within the aptly named 'Goldilocks Zone' – that would enable them to keep water as a liquid on their surface and therefore perhaps support a thriving biosphere.

What might life look like on other worlds? It is possible to make best-guesses using facts rooted in biology, physics and chemistry, and by studying 'extremophiles' on Earth, organisms such as the near-indestructible water bears that can survive in the harshest conditions that Earth, and even space, can offer.

Goldilocks and the Water Bears is a tale of the origins and evolution of life, and the quest to find it on other planets, on moons, in other galaxies, and throughout the Universe.
 

About Louisa Preston

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Louisa Preston is an astrobiologist and planetary geologist whose research has included the search for signs of life that could survive the harsh environments of Mars. She has a Ph.D. in astrobiology and planetary geology from Imperial College London and has completed two postdocs, working on space-mission simulations and the creation of a global database of Martian and lunar analog environments for the European Space Agency. This is her first book, and she lives in London, England.
 
Published June 16, 2016 by Bloomsbury Sigma. 288 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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An astrobiologist and planetary geologist delineates the development of life on Earth and then makes the leap into “life” elsewhere in the heavens...A solid, absorbing background to what makes life possible.

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