Books to curl up with: a librarian's musings

Thursday, March 04, 2004

Anyone out there?

Grinspoon, author of Venus Revealed, is an astrobiologist. So he has had a lot of time to consider if there is life on other planets and has shared his thoughts in Lonely Planets. The history of how our ideas of the universe have changed was especially interesting to me. I knew of the Epicurians mostly as being called religious heretics. Their work in science wasn't known to me. Cool.

Science doesn't have to be dumbed down for us to understand. Grinspoon does a great job of making the new theories accessible to the layperson too. I also like that he will say which are his favourites, instead of standing outside the scientific fray.


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