Books Rare Earth Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe by Peter Douglas Ward, Donald Brownlee and Donadl Brownlee Paperback, 335 pages, Springer Verlag, List Price: $16.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleRare EarthSubtitleWhy Complex Life Is Uncommon in the UniverseAuthorPeter Douglas Ward, Donald Brownlee, et al Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Argues that, while primitive organisms such as microbes are likely abundant in the universe, advanced life and multicellular organisms are incredibly rare, as they require a myriad of special circumstances to survive. Genres: Nonfiction Science & Health Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Rare Earth 13.7: Cosmos And Culture How Rare Is The Earth? October 31, 2012 NASA's Kepler Mission has been spotting many "Earth-like" planets within our galactic neighborhood. But what fraction of these Earth-like planets are really like our planet? The more we learn about Earth's remarkable properties, the rarer our planet seems to be. And with it, the life it hosts.