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Weird life; the search for life that is very, very different from our own.


Weird life; the search for life that is very, very different from our own.

Toomey, David.

W.W. Norton


268 pages




Extremophile is the scientific name for organisms that thrive in extreme environments such as very cold or hot temperatures or in the presence of radioactivity. Toomey (English, University of Massachusetts-Amherst) explains the latest findings on extremophiles and organisms even more extreme, such as organisms based on other elements instead of carbon. Writing for general readers in a conversational style, he describes the search for weird life on Earth, other planets, outer space, and even inside the human body, with emphasis on future scenarios. The book is illustrated with b&w photos and images of real and fantastical life forms.

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Date:Jun 1, 2013
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