The Working Science mini-documentary series
Recorded in Amherst, Massachusetts December 17, 2015
David Toomey, Ph.D., Professor of English and Co-Director of the Program for Professional Writing and Technical Communication. University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Weird Life: the search for life that is very, very different from our own (W.W. Norton, 2013) Dr. Toomey discusses his popular 2013 title Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own. This book is largely concerned with the prospect of life elsewhere in the universe, but especially life that is not carbon-based. Here he describes the problem of defining life, the fundamental characteristics shared by all Earth life, the discoveries of extreme forms of Earth life and how that discovery has influenced the contemporary concept of life and the search for life beyond our planet.
some reviews of Weird Life
Other books by Dr. Toomey include: