Search for Life

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Monica Grady

Search for Life is richly illustrated with images, from microscopic bacteria to panoramic starscapes, and provides a stunning, comprehensive introduction to astrobiology - the study of life in the universe.

978 0 565 09157 6
March 2001
235 x 210 mm
96 pp
Colour throughout
Natural History Museum


Whether we are alone in the universe is a question that has fascinated humans since the earliest of times. Today the search for extraterrestrial life focuses on understanding how life arose on Earth in order to investigate the potential for life elsewhere.

Beginning with the Big Bang and formation of the universe, Monica Grady investigates the emergence of life on Earth, describing the factors and key stages necessary for the development of micro-organisms. She then considers the possibility of life arising under similar conditions on other planets. 

From the deepest depths of the ocean floor to the outmost edges of the galaxy, the potential for life is explored. Mars, Europa - the water-rich satellite of Jupiter - and Saturn's enigmatic moon, Titan, are investigated as ideal candidates for exploration. Beyond the solar system, the search for Earth-like planets is also considered.

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Monica Grady is Professor of Planetary and Space Science at the Open University and former head of the petrology and meteoritics division in the Department of Mineralogy at the Natural History Museum. 

She co-authored the Museum book Meteorites 2nd ed and the children's book Stardust from Space. She has also co-authored Catalogue of Meteorites and Meteorites: Flux with Time and Impact Effects.


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"It's a paperback to treasure."

New Scientist

"Search for Life is an excellent introductory overview. I imagine that even the most experienced astrobiologist will learn something from it."

Nature: International Journal of Science

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