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1903 FIRST EDITION. LANDMARK WORK IN ASTROBIOLOGY BY DARWIN'S RIVAL, ALFRED R. WALLACE. 9 inches tall hardcover, xvii, 326 pages, original black cloth binding, gilt title to cover and spine, top edge gilt, 2 fold-out color plates. Corners bumped, abrasions to back cover, otherwise very good. PREFACE: 'This present work is founded almost entirely on the marvellous body of facts and conclusions of the New Astronomy together with those reached by modern physicists, chemists, and biologists. Its novelty consists in combining the various results of these different branches of science into a connected whole, so as to show their bearing upon a single problem--a problem which is of very great interest. This problem is, whether or not the logical inferences to be drawn from the various results of modern science, lend support to the view that our earth is the only inhabited planet, not only in the Solar System but in the whole stellar universe. In the absence of any direct proofs, it is clearly rational to inquire into probabilities; and these probabilities must be determined not by our prepossessions for any particular view, but by an absolutely importial and unprejudiced examination of the tendency of the evidence' Man's Place in the Universe was the first serious attempt by a biologist to evaluate the likelihood of life on other planets. He concluded that the Earth was the only planet in the solar system that could possibly support life, mainly because it was the only one in which water could exist in the liquid phase. More controversially he maintained that it was unlikely that other stars in the galaxy could have planets with the necessary properties (the existence of other galaxies not having been proved at the time).
Title: Man's Place in the Universe. A Study of the Results of Scientific Research in Relation to the Unity or Plurality of Worlds
Edition: First edition.
Publisher: New York, McClure, Phillips & Co.: 1903
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