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1 Steven J. Dick Astrobiology, discovery, and societal impact 026486 2018 Book  
2 David Wilkinson Science, religion, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence OB1101 eBook  
3 edited by Douglas A. Vakoch, SETI Institute, Matthew F. Dowd, University of Notre Dame Press The Drake equation OB0710 Book  
4 [edited by] Steven J. Dick The impact of discovering life beyond Earth OB0648 Book  
5 Mark Brake Alien life imagined OB0615 Book  
6 Chris Impey The living cosmos OB0597 Book  
7 Douglas A. Vakoch (ed.) Drake equation: Estimating the Prevalence of Extraterrestial Life through the Age 025974 2015 Book  
8 Giancarlo Genta hunter I02383 eBook  
9 Dirk Schulze-Makuch Alien encounter I02374 eBook  
10 by Alexander Ollongren Astrolinguistics I02052 2012 eBook  
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TitleAstrobiology, discovery, and societal impact
Author(s)Steven J. Dick
PublicationCambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Descriptionx, 384p.
Series(Astrobiology)
Abstract NoteThe search for life in the universe, once the stuff of science fiction, is now a robust worldwide research program with a well-defined roadmap probing both scientific and societal issues. This volume examines the humanistic aspects of astrobiology, systematically discussing the approaches, critical issues, and implications of discovering life beyond Earth. What do the concepts of life and intelligence, culture and civilization, technology and communication mean in a cosmic context? What are the theological and philosophical implications if we find life - and if we do not? Steven J. Dick argues that given recent scientific findings, the discovery of life in some form beyond Earth is likely and so we need to study the possible impacts of such a discovery and formulate policies to deal with them. The remarkable and often surprising results are presented here in a form accessible to disciplines across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
ISBN,Price9781108426763 : £ 54.99(HB)
Classification524.8-88
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. ASTROCULTURE 3. LIFE IN UNIVERSE 4. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS
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TitleScience, religion, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence
Author(s)David Wilkinson
Description1 online resource
Abstract NoteThis book is about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence taking seriously the current scientific arguments and its implications for religion
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
ISBN,Price9780191760167 (ebook)
Keyword(s)1. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS 2. RELIGION AND SCIENCE
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TitleThe Drake equation : estimating the prevalence of extraterrestrial life through the ages
Author(s)edited by Douglas A. Vakoch, SETI Institute, Matthew F. Dowd, University of Notre Dame Press
Description1 online resource (xxii, 319 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
Abstract NoteIn this compelling book, leading scientists and historians explore the Drake Equation, which guides modern astrobiology's search for life beyond Earth. First used in 1961 as the organising framework for a conference in Green Bank, West Virginia, it uses seven factors to estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilisations in our galaxy. Using the equation primarily as a heuristic device, this engaging text examines the astronomical, biological, and cultural factors that determine the abundance or rarity of life beyond Earth and provides a thematic history of the search for extraterrestrial life. Logically structured to analyse each of the factors in turn, and offering commentary and critique of the equation as a whole, contemporary astrobiological research is placed in a historical context. Each factor is explored over two chapters, discussing the pre-conference thinking and a modern analysis, to enable postgraduates and researchers to better assess the assumptions that guide their research
Contents NoteIntroduction: the Drake equation in context / Steven Dick -- Rate of formation of stars suitable for the development of intelligent life, R*, pre-1961 David DeVorkin -- Rate of formation of stars suitable for the development of intelligent life, R*, 1961 to the present / Patrick Franc??ois and Danielle Briot -- Fraction of stars with planetary systems, fp, pre-1961 / Matthew F. Dowd -- Fraction of stars with planetary systems, fp, 1961 to the present / Chris Impey -- Number of planets, per solar system, with an environment suitable for life, ne, pre-1961 / Florence Raulin Cerceau -- Number of planets, per solar system, with an environment suitable for life, ne, 1961 to the present / Danielle Briot and Jean Schneider -- Fraction of suitable planets on which life actually appears, fl, pre-1961 / Stephane?? Tirard -- Fraction of suitable planets on which life actually appears, fl, 1961 to the present / David J. Des Marais -- Fraction of life-bearing planets on which intelligent life emerges, fl, pre-1961 / Michael Crowe -- Fraction of life-bearing planets on which intelligent life emerges, fl, 1961 to the present / Lori Marino -- Fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space, fc, pre-1961 / Florence Raulin Cerceau -- Fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space, fc, 1961 to the present / Seth Shostak -- Length of time such civilizations release detectable signals into space, L, pre-1961 / David Dune??r -- Length of time such civilizations release detectable signals into space, L, 1961 to the present / Garry Chick -- Afterword / Paul Davies
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Keyword(s)1. Extraterrestrial beings 2. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS
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TitleThe impact of discovering life beyond Earth
Author(s)[edited by] Steven J. Dick
Description1 online resource (ix, 356 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
Abstract NoteThe search for life in the Universe, once the domain of science fiction, is now a robust research program with a well-defined roadmap, from studying the extremes of life on Earth to exploring the possible niches for life in the Solar System and discovering thousands of planets far beyond it. In addition to constituting a major scientific endeavor, astrobiology is one of the most popular topics in astronomy, and is of growing interest to a broad community of thinkers from across the academic spectrum. In this volume, distinguished philosophers, theologians, anthropologists, historians and scientists discuss the big questions about how the discovery of extraterrestrial life, whether intelligent or microbial, would impact society. Their remarkable and often surprising findings challenge our foundational concepts of what the discovery of alien life may hold for humankind. Written in easily accessible language, this thought-provoking collection engages a wide audience of readers from all backgrounds
Contents NoteIntroduction: Astrobiology and society / Steven J. Dick -- Part I. Motivations and approaches: how do we frame the problems of discovery and impact? -- Current approaches to finding life beyond Earth, and what happens if we do / Seth Shostak -- The philosophy of astrobiology: the Copernican and Darwinian philosophical presuppositions / Iris Fry -- History, discovery, analogy: three approaches to the impact of discovering life beyond Earth / Steven J. Dick -- A multidimensional impact model for the discovery of extraterrestrial life / Cle??ment Vidal -- Part II. Transcending anthropocentrism: how do we move beyond our own preconceptions of life, intelligence, and culture? -- The landscape of life / Dirk Schulze-Makuch -- The landscape of intelligence / Lori Marino -- Universal biology: assessing universality from a single example / Carlos Mariscal -- Equating culture, civilization, and moral development in imagining extraterrestrial intelligence: anthropocentric assumptions? / John W. Traphagan -- Communicating with the other: infinity, geometry, and universal math and science / Douglas A. Vakoch -- Part III. Philosophical, theological, and moral impact: how do we comprehend the cultural challenges raised by discovery? -- Life, intelligence, and the pursuit of vale in cosmic evolution / Mark Lupisella -- "Klaatu barada nikto" -- or, do they really think like us? / Michael Ruse -- Alien minds / Susan Schneider -- The moral subject of astrobiology: guideposts for exploring our ethical and political responsibilities towards extraterrestrial life / Elspeth M. Wilson and Carol E. Cleland -- Astrobiology and theology / Robin W. Lovin -- Would you baptize an extraterrestrial? / Guy Consolmagno, SJ -- Part IV. Practical considerations: how should society prepare for discovery -- and non-discovery? -- Is there anything new about astrobiology and society? / Jane Maienschein -- Preparing for the discovery of extraterrestrial life: are we ready? Considering the potential risks, impacts, and plans / Margaret S. Race -- Searching for extraterrestrial intelligence: preparing for an expected paradigm break / Michael A.G. Michaud -- SETI in non-Western perspective / John W. Traphagan and Julian W. Traphagan -- The allure of alien life: public and media framings of extraterrestrial life / Linda Billings -- Internalizing null extraterrestrial "signals": an astrobiological app for a technological society / Eric J. Chaisson
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Keyword(s)1. EXOBIOLOGY 2. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS
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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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TitleThe living cosmos : our search for life in the universe
Author(s)Chris Impey
Description1 online resource (xvi, 393 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
Abstract NoteConsidering the development of life on Earth, the existence of life in extreme environments and the potential for life elsewhere in the Universe, this book gives a fascinating insight into our place in the Universe. Chris Impey leads the reader through the history, from the Copernican revolution to the emergence of the field of astrobiology ??? the study of life in the cosmos. He examines how life on Earth began, exploring its incredible variety and the extreme environments in which it can survive. Finally, Impey turns his attention to our Solar System and the planets beyond, discussing whether there may be life elsewhere in the Universe. Written in non-technical language, this book is ideal for anyone wanting to know more about astrobiology and how it is changing our views of life and the Universe. An accompanying website available at www.cambridge.org/9780521173841 features podcasts, articles and news stories on astrobiology
Contents NoteUnfinished revolution -- Life's origins -- Extreme life -- Shaping evolution -- Living in the Solar System -- Distant worlds -- Are we alone? -- Credits -- Notes -- Reading list -- Media resources -- Index
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Keyword(s)1. EXOBIOLOGY 2. LIFE 3. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS
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TitleDrake equation: Estimating the Prevalence of Extraterrestial Life through the Age
Author(s)Douglas A. Vakoch (ed.);Matthew F. Dowd (ed.)
PublicationCambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Descriptionxxii, 319p.
Series(Cambridge Astrobiology)
Abstract Noten this compelling book, leading scientists and historians explore the Drake Equation, which guides modern astrobiology's search for life beyond Earth. First used in 1961 as the organising framework for a conference in Green Bank, West Virginia, it uses seven factors to estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilisations in our galaxy. Using the equation primarily as a heuristic device, this engaging text examines the astronomical, biological, and cultural factors that determine the abundance or rarity of life beyond Earth and provides a thematic history of the search for extraterrestrial life. Logically structured to analyse each of the factors in turn, and offering commentary and critique of the equation as a whole, contemporary astrobiological research is placed in a historical context. Each factor is explored over two chapters, discussing the pre-conference thinking and a modern analysis, to enable postgraduates and researchers to better assess the assumptions that guide their research.
ISBN,Price9781107073654 : UKP 99.99(HB)
Classification524.8-88
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. DRAKE EQUATION 3. EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE 4. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS
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Titlehunter : a scientific novel
Author(s)Giancarlo Genta
Description1 online resource (vii, 130 pages) : illustrations
Abstract NoteThe 24th century: humankind has become a spacefaring civilization, colonizing the solar system and beyond. While no alien forms of life have yet been encountered in this expansion into space, colonists suddenly encounter machines of alien origin - huge robots able to reproduce themselves. Called Replicators by the colonists, they seem to have but a single goal: to destroy all organic life they come in contact with. Since the colonial governments have no means to fight this menace directly, they instead promise huge rewards to whoever destroys a replicator. As a result, the frontier attracts a new kind of adventurers, the Hunters, who work to find and destroy the replicators. Mike Edwards, a skilled young maintenance technician and robotics expert at a faraway outpost, will not only become one of them - but be the very first one to unlock the secret behind the Replicators origin and mission
Keyword(s)1. Aerospace Technology and Astronautics 2. Artificial Intelligence (incl. Robotics) 3. ASTROBIOLOGY 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences 7. FICTION / General 8. Human-alien encounters 9. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS 10. PHYSICS 11. Popular Science in Astronomy 12. Robots
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TitleAlien encounter : a scientific novel
Author(s)Dirk Schulze-Makuch
Edition2nd edition
Description1 online resource (xi, 236 pages) : illustration
Abstract NoteIt has been nearly 100 years since the Apollo moon landings, when Jack and Vladimir, two astronauts on a mission to Venus, discover a mysterious void related to indigenous life on the planet. Subsequently more voids are detected on Earth, Mars, Titan, and, quite ominously, inside a planetoid emerging from the Kuiper belt. Jack is sent to investigate the voids in the Solar System and intercept the planetoid - which, as becomes increasingly clear, is inhabited by alien life forms. Jack and his crew will have little time to understand their alien biochemistry, abilities, behavior patterns, resilience, and technology, but also how these life forms relate to the voids. Humankind's first encounter with these exotic life forms couldn't be more fateful, becoming a race against time to save life on Earth and to reveal the true nature of the voids, which seem to be intrinsically related to life and the universe itself. In this novel, the author combines many topics related to state-of-the-art research in the field of astrobiology with fictional elements to produce a thrilling page turner. This new version significantly develops the astrobiological denouement of the plot and features an extensive non-technical appendix where the underlying science is presented and discussed
NotesIncludes bibliographical references
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences 5. FICTION / General 6. Human-alien encounters 7. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS 8. PHYSICS 9. PLANETOLOGY 10. Popular Science in Astronomy
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TitleAstrolinguistics
Author(s)by Alexander Ollongren
PublicationNew York, Springer, 2012.
Description1 online resource
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Miscellaneous 4. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS 5. Lincos (Artificial language)
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