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e-Book The Reason Why download

e-Book The Reason Why download

by John Gribbin

ISBN: 0141047968
ISBN13: 978-0141047966
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin UK (May 29, 2012)
Pages: 256
Category: Evolution
Subategory: Math Science

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John Gribbin is here to persuade us that it does. In this ground-breaking and provocative new book Gribbin argues that we owe our existence to the impact of a & with Venus 600 million years ago.

John Gribbin is here to persuade us that it does. But this is only part of the story, just one of the astronomical and geophysical reasons why the Earth is special. Производитель: "Неизвестный". Does one planet really matter among the immensity of the Cosmos? John Gribbin is here to persuade us that it does.

In The Reason Why: The Miracle of Life on Earth John Gribbin shows what makes our planet so special, explaining why the . A veteran science writer, Gribbin has published more than 100 books over the past four decades.

In The Reason Why: The Miracle of Life on Earth John Gribbin shows what makes our planet so special, explaining why the 'Fermi Paradox' - the apparent absence of alien life - holds the key to our uniqueness. is an enormously readable book, and it will leave you with a lot to chew over. I heartily recommend it.

Instead of the emphasis on our insignificance and smallness, the total absence of any 'special physical position' in the cosmos the emphasis is placed on our uniqueness, and the greatness of our responsibility. If we are the only Intelligent Civilization then the whole process of 'understanding and knowing' the Universe depends upon us. Our staying alive and ideally spreading to other areas of the Galaxy is seen as uniquely significant. In this ground-breaking and provocative new book Gribbin argues that we owe our existence to the impact of a 'supercomet' with Venus 600 million years ago. But this is only part of the story, just one of the astronomical and geophysical reasons why the Earth Does one planet really matter among the immensity of the Cosmos? John Gribbin is here to persuade us that it does.

Does one planet really matter among the immensity of the Cosmos? John Gribbin is here to persuade us that it does. Does one planet really matter among the immensity of the Cosmos? John Gribbin is here to persuade us that it does

John Gribbin is here to persuade us that it does.

John Gribbin graduated with his bachelor's degree in physics from the .

John Gribbin graduated with his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Sussex in 1966. In 1974, Gribbin, along with Stephen Plagemann, published a book titled The Jupiter Effect, which predicted that the alignment of the planets in a quadrant on one side of the Sun on 10 March 1982 would cause gravitational effects that would trigger earthquakes in the San Andreas Fault, possibly wiping out Los Angeles and its suburbs. Gribbin distanced himself from The Jupiter.

Gribbin, John R. Publication date. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

In The Reason Why: The Miracle of Life on Earth John Gribbin shows what makes our planet so special, explaining why the 'Fermi Paradox' - the apparent absence of alien life - holds the key to our uniqueness. There are several hundred billion stars in our Milky Way Galaxy, yet out of all of these Earth is the only planet with intelligent life on it. Why? For the first time, John Gribbin makes the link between the whole series of cosmic events that gave rise to our civilization - a unique set of circumstances that have not, and could not, occur anywhere else. John Gribbin is our best, most accessible guide to the big questions of science. In this book, he explores the biggest questions of all: why are we here, what does it mean to be alone in the universe - and do we have a future? 'The master of popular science writing'  Sunday Times 'A fascinating journey through space and time ... this book presents an exciting insight into the many fortuitous events and cosmic quirks that have all come together to make Earth such a life-friendly world'   Science Focus 'Lyrical, enormously readable ... John Gribbin explains just how our home world appears to be special, and exactly what we have to be thankful for'   The Times Higher Education John Gribbin is one of today's greatest writers of popular science and the author of bestselling books, including In Search of Schrödinger's Cat, Stardust, Science: A History and In Search of the Multiverse. Gribbin trained as an astrophysicist at Cambridge University and is currently Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex.
Comments:
Kemath
Gribbin is a wonderfully knowlegable and clear writer. He tells the story of the development of our technical civilization, of life on earth, with great skill. He emphasizes time and again the long- shot character of particular developments. All this leads to the startling conclusion , the major hypothesis of this work, that human beings on Earth constitute the single technical civilization of the approximately one trillion- starred galaxy that we live in. And this is true despite the discovery of increasing numbers of planetary systems with conditions roughly similar to that of the Earth.
Gribbin emphasizes then makes the argument which I believe is more and more frequently made today i.e. Instead of the emphasis on our insignificance and smallness, the total absence of any 'special physical position' in the cosmos the emphasis is placed on our uniqueness, and the greatness of our responsibility. If we are the only Intelligent Civilization then the whole process of 'understanding and knowing' the Universe depends upon us. Our staying alive and ideally spreading to other areas of the Galaxy is seen as uniquely significant.
I do not know how to evaluate this argument, although the common sense thought is that with there being so many other star- systems it does seem likely that there are other intelligent -civilizations. But again I do not trust my intuition here.
PS It seems to me that this book leads us to a point of speculation where Science should be complemented by a kind of religious speculation. i.e. Why would God possibly create such a vast universe with only one intelligent civilization? Or is there a possible religious purpose in mankind's spreading Intelligence throughout its Galaxy or even the Cosmos? i.e. Is there a way of seeing a future role for Intelligence's Development which is also a spiritual process?

Agalas
This is an interesting book, if only because it holds an opposing view. Gribbin boldly argues that, although simple life may be common in the universe, the chance of any other technological civilisation existing in our galaxy is vanishingly small. Michael Hart calculated that it would take a civilisation that is only slightly more advanced than our own, a mere one eight-thousandth of the age of the galaxy to traverse most of it. So, as Fermi put it, "If they are there, why aren't they here?" [before us, that is]. Gribbin then sums up all the things that are special about our place and time in the Milky Way that made our existence possible.
Because of some of his best arguments, the Fermi paradox, the Galactic Habitable Zone, properties of our Sun, I am convinced that there may be less technological civilisations in our galaxy then I previously thought. I am not convinced however that we are the only one. As it happens, a lot of the things that Gribbin sums up as being special have to do with our home having been stable for long enough, since it took life on our world 4 billion years to come up with a technological civilisation. But what if this stability is exactly the reason that it took so long? Maybe it is the other way around and it is instability that accelerates evolution. On page 192, Gribbin himself argues that around 5 million years ago, succeeding Ice Ages acted as a pacemaker of human evolution. The pattern repeated for millions of years and it selected on each turn for intelligence and adaptability: "We are here, because of the unusual pattern of climatic changes." Well, if stability can be taken out of the equation up to a point, we are left with an awful lot of "unusual patterns" in our galaxy.
Still, I feel that most of Gribbins arguments are valid. I found this book an interesting and easy read. I liked it.

Gna
Gribbin points out that many factors about Earth make it "just right" for life and that a little variation of some of these factors would make life impossible on Earth. Factors such as the position of the Solar System in the Milky Way, the size and the age of the Sun, the presence of heavy elements in the Solar System cloud that Earth and other planets were made from, the distance between Earth and the Sun, the composition of Earth, the Earth's internal molten Iron, the size of Earth and its gravitational force , the Earth's spin and its rotational angle, water on earth, tectonic movements on Earth, the presence of Moon and its stabilizing effect on Earth, the presence of Jupiter and its protective effect on Earth, and many, many other factors. These factors are presented in an interesting and progressive manner in the book in chapters with topics such as "What is so special about our place in the Milky Way?" or "What is so special about Earth?" and "What is so special about Us?"

Gribbin points out that many of these factors are not norm but rather exceptions when we look at other planets. This makes the probability of having all these exceptional factors present in another place extremely low. So many factors have been "just right" on Earth for life to start and more importantly stayed right long enough to let the intelligent life to evolve.

The only downside of the book to me is the absence of illustrations to show things such as order of events or internal structure of Earth and so forth.

Zamo
I enjoyed this book very much. I know that the author is an evolutionary thinker but he formulates a good argument for a divine plan for our unique planet.
I couldnt have expressed it better myself if had tried. It is a facinating read & i like the author can only marvel at the amazing coincidences that brought us to this point. If there is a good God surely this is a good argument for God's exquisite timing, super intelligence, creativity & benevolence. Thankfully this isnt the only world & universe in existence there is also the invisible substantial world which is a more amazing world than this one. As Jesus said in the Bible let us see with our internal eyes the true perspective on life & the universe & our unique place in the scheme of things.

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