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The Aliens Are Coming! The Exciting and Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe by Ben Miller
  

The Aliens Are Coming! The Exciting and Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe

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Discover the fascinating and cutting-edge science behind the greatest question of all: is there life beyond Earth? In The Aliens are Coming!, comedian and bestselling science writer Ben Miller takes us on a fantastic voyage of discovery, from the beginnings of life on earth to the very latest search for alien intelligence.

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The Aliens Are Coming! The Exciting and Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe by Ben Miller

For millennia, we have looked up at the stars and wondered whether we are alone in the universe. In the last few years, scientists have made huge strides towards answering that question. What soon becomes clear is that the hunt for extra-terrestrials is also an exploration of what we actually mean by life. What do you need to kickstart life? How did the teeming energy of the Big Bang end up as frogs, trees and quantity surveyors? How can evolution provide clues about alien life? What might it look like? (Probably not green and sexy, sadly.) As our probes and manned missions venture out into the solar system, and our telescopes image Earth-like planets with ever-increasing accuracy, our search for alien life has never been more exciting - or better funded. The Aliens are Coming! is a comprehensive, accessible and hugely entertaining guide to that search, and our quest to understand the very nature of life itself.

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An eclectic and entertaining story, weaving together space exploration, the evolution of life on Earth, the Drake Equation and Egyptian hieroglyphs. That's non-trivial, as we say in physics, but Ben Miller manages it! * BRIAN COX * A witty and informative romp through our search for little green men that says as much about human ingenuity as it does about the aliens we seek * DARA O BRIAIN *


About the Author

Ben Miller is, like you, a mutant ape living through an Ice Age on a ball of molten iron, orbiting a supermassive black hole. He is also an actor, comedian and approximately one half of Armstrong & Miller. He's presented a BBC Horizon documentary on temperature and a Radio 4 series about the history of particle physics, and wrote a regular science column in The Times. He is slowly coming to terms with the idea that he may never be an astronaut. @ActualBenMiller

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Book Info

Publication date

4th February 2016

Author

Ben Miller

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Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

The Real World
Popular Science
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Popular astronomy & space

ISBN

9781847445025

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