- Author:David Toomey
- Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition edition (February 26, 2013)
- Pages:288 pages
- Subcategory:Science & Mathematics
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As far as we know, all life on earth is based on DNA and has descended from a LUCA ( last universal common ancestor ), making us all, more or less, related
Finding life not like our own, however, might help us discover universal biological laws, similar to physical laws. Floaters, huh? Toomey’s just getting started.
Finding life not like our own, however, might help us discover universal biological laws, similar to physical laws. Knowing how common it is for life to evolve might also rejigger our envisioned place in the cosmos.
But might there be life stranger than the most extreme extremophile? Might there be, somewhere, another kind of life .
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.
Weird indeed, and not a little wonderful. 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?
David Toomey travels down the strange path of Weird Life starting at the . For those interested in life very, very different from our own, this is right up your alley
David Toomey travels down the strange path of Weird Life starting at the striking discoveries of extremophiles. Extremophile organisms push the boundaries of what conditions we thought life could exist in, thriving in environments too extreme for humans. Would life elsewhere look exactly like our cold or acid-loving extremophiles on Earth or would they be even weirder? Vast lakes of liquid methane exist on Saturn’s moon, Titan. For those interested in life very, very different from our own, this is right up your alley.
Nature itself, David Toomey says, will outperform the uniformed imagination every time, and Weird Life is his attempt at. .
How are they fundamentally different from our own cells? What is special in their cellular make-up that bestows upon them such incredible survival skills and what does that teach us about the workings of life?
Also by David Toomey. Additional Praise for Weird Life. What is clear is that the discovery of even one example of such life would profoundly change our understanding of biology.
Also by David Toomey. The familiar illustration of all life we know is a great tree, its trunk splitting and splitting again into branches representing phylogenetic categories, each less fundamental and more populous than that from which it sprouted, finally ending in millions of twigs representing individual species.
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