Evolving the Alien

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Evolving the Alien
Evolving the Alien cover.jpg
UK 1st hardback edition cover
Author Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Astrobiology
Publisher Ebury Press
Publication date
2002
Pages 369
ISBN 0-09-187927-2
OCLC 50101272
576.8/39 22
LC Class QB54 .C64 2002b

Evolving the Alien: The Science of Extraterrestrial Life (2002, published in the US, and UK second edition as "What Does a Martian Look Like?: The Science of Extraterrestrial Life") is a book about xenobiology by biologist Jack Cohen and mathematician Ian Stewart.

In this book Cohen and Stewart argue that any investigation of extraterrestrial life is too restrictive and unimaginative if it starts with the assumption that any advanced form of life must have similar characteristics to life on Earth, and must have evolved on a planet similar to the Earth (as in the rare Earth hypothesis). They suggest that it is possible to make a scientific and rational study of the possibility of life forms that are so different from life on Earth that we may not even recognise them as life in the first instance.

References[edit]

  • Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart: Evolving the Alien: The Science of Extraterrestrial Life, Ebury Press, 2002, ISBN 0-09-187927-2
  • Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart: What Does a Martian Look Like: The Science of Extraterrestrial Life, Wiley, 2002
  • Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart: What Does a Martian Look Like: The Science of Extraterrestrial Life, Ebury Press, 2004, ISBN 0-09-188616-3