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

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Rare Earth
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Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe
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Peter Douglas Ward, Donald Brownlee, et al

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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.