Book

Astrobiología, un puente entre el Big Bang y la vida
Bartolo Luque, Fernando J. Ballesteros, Álvaro Márquez, María González, Aida Agea, Luisa Lara
Akal
1st edition: 2009
Format: Paperback, 17 x 24 cm
336 pages
ISBN: 978-84-460-2306-7
Language: Spanish

The Earth is a normal planet, revolving around a normal star within a normal galaxy. The Sun and the Milky Way are typical, like other millions of stars and galaxies we observed with our telescopes. All our knowledge suggests that our world and its neighbors are typical examples of planetary fauna. If this principle of mediocrity is true, if the Earth is a common example in the Universe, it is likely to exist a huge number of inhabited worlds. This book tells of Astrobiology, a science that aims to understand if life as we know is an extraordinarily lucky accident or, on the contrary, a cosmic imperative. The book is a journey that begins with the Big Bang itself, the origin of our universe, space-time and matter, going through the creation of the first stars and galaxies, and the formation of planetary systems, recreating the beginnings of our solar system and allowing us to witness the birth and evolution of life on Earth. After this long journey, life is presented as a natural emergent phenomenon, studing our first searches for life in exotic places of our neighboring planets. When reading such a work, one has the sensation of listening to ancient myths about the creation of the world and life. But remember that each of the stories that are told here are the result of effort, hard work and fierce criticism of countless scientists. These are not castles in the air but, in some cases, hard facts and in others, theories that have been proven time and again against the harshest winds. However, it does exude something that ancient myths have: a magical surprise that gives us the answer to the question of who we are and how all around us was formed.