Lucky Planet: Why Earth is Exceptional – and What That Means for Life in the Universe
David Waltham, Icon Books, 2014, 198 pages
David Waltham is an astrobiologist and geophysicist in the Department of Earth sciences at Royal Holloway College, University in London. He has written two other books to date: Mathematicspublished in 1994 and Mathematics: A Simple Tool for Geologists in 2009. He has also written several articles on his own blog at http://davidwaltham.com/ that range from climate change to space oddities. Based on the information stated above I would say that Dr. Waltham is very qualified to write this book; his information is backed-up and can be trusted.
Waltham’s main thesis in the book is that, contrary to many scientists, he believes life is fairly uncommon throughout the universe. Intelligent life beyond Earth is probably so rare, that we may never find any evidence of it. This book sets out the criteria for a planet to have life, explains why Earth is especially suitable, and then assesses the prospects for other planets to have life. The book is organized by first ...