TitleAlien life imagined : communicating the science and culture of Astrobiology
Author(s)Mark Brake
Description1 online resource (276 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
Abstract NoteOne day, astrobiologists could make the most fantastic discovery of all time: the detection of complex extraterrestrial life. As space agencies continue to search for life in our Universe, fundamental questions are raised: are we awake to the revolutionary effects on human science, society and culture that alien contact will bring? And how is it possible to imagine the unknown? In this book, Mark Brake tells the compelling story of how the portrayal of extraterrestrial life has developed over the last two and a half thousand years. Taking examples from the history of science, philosophy, film and fiction, he showcases how scholars, scientists, film-makers and writers have devoted their energies to imagining life beyond this Earth. From Newton to Kubrick, and Lucian to H. G. Wells, this is a fascinating account for anyone interested in the extraterrestrial life debate, from general readers to amateur astronomers and undergraduate students studying astrobiology
Contents NoteKosmos : aliens in ancient Greece : Kosmos / Mark Brake -- The world turned upside down : Copernicanism and the voyages of discovery : voyages / Mark Brake -- In Newton's train : pluralism and the system of the world : Newton's train / Mark Brake -- Extraterrestrials in the early machine age / Mark Brake -- After Darwin : the War of the worlds : Darwin--WOTW / Mark Brake -- Einstein's sky : life in the new universe : Einstein's sky / Mark Brake -- Ever since SETI : astrobiology in the Space Age / Mark Brake
NotesTitle from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
Keyword(s)1. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS 2. Unidentified flying object literature 3. Unidentified flying objects 4. Voyages, Imaginary
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