Alien Life Imagined

Alien Life Imagined

In turn, as scientists are creatures of the culture in which they swim, alien contact narratives of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries motivated a significant number of scientists. The idea of life in the universe, ...

Author: Mark Brake

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521491297

Category: Science

Page: 276

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Compelling account of how ideas of alien life have evolved for general readers, amateur astronomers and undergraduate students studying astrobiology.
Categories: Science

The Science of Star Trek

The Science of Star Trek

For both extraterrestrial and terrestrial examples, the parameters may differ in detail but have similar net effects, ... In 2012, I wrote a book for Cambridge University Press called Alien Life Imagined, telling the tale of the ...

Author: Mark Brake

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781510757899

Category: Science

Page: 264

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Boldly go where no man has gone before and discover the real science behind the cyborgs, starships, aliens, and antimatter of the Star Trek galaxy. Star Trek is one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time. It has changed our cultural landscape in so many ways since it first aired in 1966. The franchise has generated billions of dollars in revenue, leading to a wide range of spin-off games, novels, toys, and comics. Star Trek is noted for its social science, too, with its progressive civil rights stances and its celebration of future diversity that began with The Original Series, one of television's first multiracial casts. The Science of Star Trek explores one of the greatest science-fiction universes ever created and showcases the visionary tech that inspired and influenced the real-world science of today. The perfect Star Trek gift for fans of the franchise, this book addresses many unanswered, burning questions, including: What can Star Trek tell us about aliens in our Milky Way? How has Star Trek influenced space culture? What can Star Trek tell us about planet hunting? What Star Trek machines came true? When will we boldly go? Learn more about one of our favorite modern epics with The Science of Star Trek!
Categories: Science

The Medical Imagination

The Medical Imagination

existence of other Earths in a vast and boundless universe. It pulled the cosmos down to Earth, so to speak, bringing it into the realm of the imagination” (Alien Life Imagined, 59). For more on the long history of such work, see Brake, ...

Author: Sari Altschuler

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812294743

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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In 1872, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "Science does not know its debt to imagination," words that still ring true in the worlds of health and health care today. The checklists and clinical algorithms of modern medicine leave little space for imagination, and yet we depend on creativity and ingenuity for the advancement of medicine—to diagnose unusual conditions, to innovate treatment, and to make groundbreaking discoveries. We know a great deal about the empirical aspects of medicine, but we know far less about what the medical imagination is, what it does, how it works, or how we might train it. In The Medical Imagination, Sari Altschuler argues that this was not always so. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, doctors understood the imagination to be directly connected to health, intimately involved in healing, and central to medical discovery. In fact, for physicians and other health writers in the early United States, literature provided important forms for crafting, testing, and implementing theories of health. Reading and writing poetry trained judgment, cultivated inventiveness, sharpened observation, and supplied evidence for medical research, while novels and short stories offered new perspectives and sites for experimenting with original medical theories. Such imaginative experimentation became most visible at moments of crisis or novelty in American medicine, such as the 1790s yellow fever epidemics, the global cholera pandemics, and the discovery of anesthesia, when conventional wisdom and standard practice failed to produce satisfying answers to pressing questions. Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, health research and practice relied on a broader complex of knowing, in which imagination often worked with and alongside observation, experience, and empirical research. In reframing the historical relationship between literature and health, The Medical Imagination provides a usable past for contemporary conversations about the role of the imagination—and the humanities more broadly—in health research and practice today.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Mapping the Heavens

Mapping the Heavens

... and Mark Brade, Alien Life Imagined: Communicating the Science and Culture of Astrobiology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 194, 195. 12. Emily Swanson, “Alien Poll Finds Half of Americans Think Extraterrestrial Life ...

Author: Priyamvada Natarajan

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300221121

Category: Science

Page: 288

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A theoretical astrophysicist explores the ideas that transformed our knowledge of the universe over the past century. The cosmos, once understood as a stagnant place, filled with the ordinary, is now a universe that is expanding at an accelerating pace, propelled by dark energy and structured by dark matter. Priyamvada Natarajan, our guide to these ideas, is someone at the forefront of the research—an astrophysicist who literally creates maps of invisible matter in the universe. She not only explains for a wide audience the science behind these essential ideas but also provides an understanding of how radical scientific theories gain acceptance. The formation and growth of black holes, dark matter halos, the accelerating expansion of the universe, the echo of the big bang, the discovery of exoplanets, and the possibility of other universes—these are some of the puzzling cosmological topics of the early twenty-first century. Natarajan discusses why the acceptance of new ideas about the universe and our place in it has never been linear and always contested even within the scientific community. And she affirms that, shifting and incomplete as science always must be, it offers the best path we have toward making sense of our wondrous, mysterious universe. “Part history, part science, all illuminating. If you want to understand the greatest ideas that shaped our current cosmic cartography, read this book.”—Adam G. Riess, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2011 “A highly readable, insider’s view of recent discoveries in astronomy with unusual attention to the instruments used and the human drama of the scientists.”—Alan Lightman, author of The Accidental Universe and Einstein's Dream
Categories: Science

All About Aliens by Mereo Books

All About Aliens by Mereo Books

For alien enthusiasts and sceptics alike, this book takes a keen look at the topic of extra terrestrials Chris Lee. Many and varied are the forms in which alien life has been imagined by the science fiction writers.

Author: Chris Lee

Publisher: Mereo Books

ISBN: 9781861511126

Category: Nature

Page: 96

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Interest in the possibility that we share the universe with other intelligent beings has reached fever pitch with the discovery that there are countless billions of other planets out there, some of which are sure to be very like Earth. What is the truth about aliens? Could we visit them? Are we ever likely to hear from them, or communicate with them? All About Aliens takes a candid look at the history of our fascination with beings from other worlds and explores the possibilities for extraterrestrial life forms, both in the solar system and on planets orbiting distant stars. Providing a bang up-to-date review for the layman of our present state of knowledge about alien life, it’s a refreshing, intriguing and highly entertaining read
Categories: Nature



So let your mind imagine amazing things, like a planet so huge that it could hold dozens of Earths, ... science too pushes us beyond our wildest imaginations like the very real possibility of many other Earths and alien life.

Author: Kenneth Paul Dykstra


ISBN: 9780578123592


Page: 184

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Master how the Bible and your Christian faith play into this Christopher Columbus of events. WALL STREET JOURNAL, CNN, FOX NEWS, NPR, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and countless others have featured cover stories on NASA's KEPLER SPACECRAFT and its epic mission to discover other Earths. Kepler's science team has now identified over three thousand five hundred alien planets, but their mission is much more ambitious. Of these new found worlds, five have been confirmed as orbiting within their star's habitable zone. NASA is on the brink of their holy grail: an Earth-size world basking in the warm tropical glow of a Sun-like star capable of water oceans and breathable air. This book empowers Christians with not only an exciting understanding of the mission, but how to counteract the god-less interpretations heard on media-outlets around the world when NASA announces the discovery of other Earths. Prepare yourself with a Christian Spaceview.

Eclipse of Man

Eclipse of Man

30 The English scientistWilliamWhewellimagined unintelligent and distinctly nonhumanoid alien life, based on the physics and ... who shared the pseudonym J.H.Rosny imagined intelligentalien lifethat wasvery different terrestrial life; ...

Author: Charles T. Rubin

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 9781594037412

Category: Science

Page: 200

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Tomorrow has never looked better. Breakthroughs in fields like genetic engineering and nanotechnology promise to give us unprecedented power to redesign our bodies and our world. Futurists and activists tell us that we are drawing ever closer to a day when we will be as smart as computers, will be able to link our minds telepathically, and will live for centuries—or maybe forever. The perfection of a “post-human” future awaits us. Or so the story goes. In reality, the rush toward a post-human destiny amounts to an ideology of human extinction, an ideology that sees little of value in humanity except the raw material for producing whatever might come next. In Eclipse of Man, Charles T. Rubin traces the intellectual origins of the movement to perfect and replace the human race. He shows how today’s advocates of radical enhancement are—like their forebears—deeply dissatisfied with given human nature and fixated on grand visions of a future shaped by technological progress. Moreover, Rubin argues that this myopic vision of the future is not confined to charlatans and cheerleaders promoting this or that technology: it also runs through much of modern science and contemporary progressivism. By exploring and criticizing the dreams of post humanity, Rubin defends a more modest vision of the future, one that takes seriously both the limitations and the inherent dignity of our given nature.
Categories: Science



Jaydyn Bowen. Imagine you're recruited for a top secret NASA mission3 Searching for Other Alien Life Forms ! ble of a EMEAESENY ABART aK 19 Imagine the only way out is.

Author: Jaydyn Bowen

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 9781716286827

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction


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I truly believe the Greatest Legacy we leave our Children is Happy Memories. This book "IMAGINE" was created with giving children the valuable gift to know just what their imaginations can do! It was drawn centered with my two children as characters for all these adventures within!
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

The Smallest Lights in the Universe

The Smallest Lights in the Universe

It contained a single line that has haunted me since the day I read it: “Nothing would be more tragic in the American exploration of space than to encounter alien life and fail to recognize it.” When we imagine life on other planets, ...

Author: Sara Seager

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780525576273

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE WINNER • An MIT astrophysicist reinvents herself in the wake of tragedy and discovers the power of connection on this planet, even as she searches our galaxy for another Earth, in this “bewitching” (Anthony Doerr, The New York Times Book Review) memoir. “Sara Seager’s exploration of outer and inner space makes for a stunningly original memoir.”—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone Sara Seager has always been in love with the stars: so many lights in the sky, so much possibility. Now a pioneering planetary scientist, she searches for exoplanets—especially that distant, elusive world that sustains life. But with the unexpected death of Seager’s husband, the purpose of her own life becomes hard for her to see. Suddenly, at forty, she is a widow and the single mother of two young boys. For the first time, she feels alone in the universe. As she struggles to navigate her life after loss, Seager takes solace in the alien beauty of exoplanets and the technical challenges of exploration. At the same time, she discovers earthbound connections that feel every bit as wondrous, when strangers and loved ones alike reach out to her across the space of her grief. Among them are the Widows of Concord, a group of women offering advice on everything from home maintenance to dating, and her beloved sons, Max and Alex. Most unexpected of all, there is another kind of one-in-a-billion match, not in the stars but here at home. Probing and invigoratingly honest, The Smallest Lights in the Universe is its own kind of light in the dark.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Science of Star Wars

The Science of Star Wars

He was one of the first writers to imagine alien life. The extraterrestrials that stalk Kepler's Moon are not humans. They are creatures fit to survive their alien haunt. Two centuries before Darwin, Kepler had intuitively suggested a ...

Author: Mark Brake

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781944686291

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 272

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Discover the science behind the most popular sci-fi franchise of all time! Capturing the imagination and hearts of crowds worldwide, Star Wars is a fantastic feat of science fiction and fantasy. The Science of Star Wars addresses 50 topics that span the movies’ universe such as battle technology, alien life, space travel, etc. You’ll find fascinating explorations of the physics of Star Wars, its plausibility, and more. The perfect Star Wars gift for fans of the saga, this book addresses many unanswered, burning questions, including: How long before we get a Star Wars speeder off the ground? What exactly is the Force? How could Kylo Ren stop a blaster shot in mid-air? How could we live on a gas giant like Bespin, or a desert planet like Tatooine? Nature versus nurture: How does it play out in the making of Jedi? How much would it cost to build the Death Star? And much more! We marvel at the variety of creatures and technology and the mystery behind the force. But how much of the Star Wars world is rooted in reality? Could we see some of the extraordinary inventions materialize in our world? This uncomplicated, entertaining read makes it easy to understand how advanced physics concepts, such as wormholes and Einstein’s theory of relativity, apply to the Star Wars universe. The Science of Star Wars explains to non-technical readers how physics and fantasy might merge to allow for the possibility of interstellar travel; communication with foreign but intelligent lifeforms; human-like robots; alien planets fit for human life; weapons and spacecraft such as laser guns, light sabers, and the Millennium Falcon; and Force-like psychokinetic powers. In the 21st Century, we’re on the edge of developing much of the technology from “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away”… These fantasies aren’t as impossible as you might think! Written for every fan of George Lucas’s films, you don’t need to be a Jedi or an astrophysicist at NASA to appreciate all of Mark Brake and Jon Chase’s fun and informative analysis of this classic series in The Science of Star Wars. Prepare your mind to make the jump to light speed and find out about the facts behind one of our favorite modern epics!
Categories: Young Adult Nonfiction