Author: John W. Traphagan
View: 4893This book explores humanity’s thoughts and ideas about extraterrestrial life, paying close attention to the ways science and culture interact with one another to create a context of imagination and discovery related to life on other worlds. Despite the recent explosion in our knowledge of other planets and the seeming era of discovery in which we live, to date we have found no concrete evidence that we are not alone. Our thinking about life on other worlds has been and remains the product of a combination of scientific investigation and human imagination shaped by cultural values--particularly values of exploration and discovery connected to American society. The rapid growth in our awareness of other worlds makes this a crucial moment to think about and assess the influence of cultural values on the scientific search for extraterrestrial life. Here the author considers the junction of science and culture with a focus on two main themes: (1) the underlying assumptions, many of which are tacitly based upon cultural values common in American society, that have shaped the ways researchers in astrobiology and SETI have conceptualized the nature of their endeavor and represented ideas about the potential influence contact might have on human civilization, and (2) the empirical evidence we can access as a way of thinking about the social impact that contact with alien intelligence might have for humanity.
Author: Stuart Clark
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
View: 6570SETI -- the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence -- is undergoing something of a renaissance, and alongside the work of the scientists almost a million PC users round the world are participating in the SERENDIP IV project through the "SETI at Home" initiative from Berkeley University in California. This book is an up-to-date review of todays scientific thinking about where and how we might find life elsewhere in the universe, presented in Stuart Clarks easily read yet authoritative style.
Author: Rough Guides
Publisher: Rough Guides UK
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
View: 2648The Search for Aliens: A Rough Guide to Life on Other Worlds provides the first vivid and completely accessible guide to the most exciting field of modern science: the search for extraterrestrial life. All the latest research projects are identified, located and described; everything from radio dishes searching for intelligent alien signals to deep oceanic research, seeking links between terrestrial organisms and the broader cosmos. It also explores the idea of Panspermia, the notion that asteroids and comets brought biological building blocks to the early earth, plus exactly which factors must align for life to arise across our galaxy and the universe. The Search for Aliens: A Rough Guide to Life on Other Worlds explains why we may be closer than ever to finding out the answer to the question: is there any life beyond life on earth? Now available in ePub format.
And Other Questions about Space
Author: Gregory L. Vogt
Publisher: Lerner Publications
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
View: 4729There is no gravity in space. The North Star never changes its position in the sky. Earth’s shadow causes the phases of the moon. You may have heard these common sayings or beliefs before. But are they really true? Can they be proven using science? Let’s investigate seventeen statements about space and find out which ones are right, which ones are wrong, and which ones still stump scientists! Find out whether astronauts really landed on the moon! Discover whether it’s true that the same side of the Moon is always dark! See if you can tell the difference between fact and fiction with Is That a Fact?
Author: Bruce Jakosky
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
View: 6645Does life exist on other planets? This 1998 book presents the scientific basis for thinking there may be life elsewhere in the Universe. It is the first to cover the entire breadth of recent exciting discoveries, including the discovery of planets around other stars and the possibility of fossil life in meteorites from Mars. Suitable for the general reader, this authoritative book avoids technical jargon and is well illustrated throughout. It covers all the major topics, including the origin and early history of life on Earth, the environmental conditions necessary for life to exist, the possibility that life might exist elsewhere in our Solar System, the occurrence of planets around other stars and their habitability, and the possibility of intelligent extraterrestrial life. For all those interested in understanding the scientific evidence for and likelihood of extraterrestrial life, this is the most comprehensive and readable book to date.
Author: Tom Jackson
View: 3030The idea that alien life exists has gripped writers, artists, thinker, and scientists throughout history. This book explores many of the critical parts of astrobiology from theories about exoplanets and the formation of solar systems to places like the Lowell Observatory and Roswell and people like H. G. Wells and Carl Sagan. Astrobiology, or the search for aliens, has never been so accessible as in this text. With full-colour artwork and accessible main text and fact boxes, readers enjoy indulging in alien theories while also learning about science and history.
Author: Dr. Douglas M. Baker
Publisher: Baker eBooks Publishing
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
View: 2881Life on other Planets: Is there life, and in particular human life, out there in the universe? Esoteric teachings affirm that life does indeed exist throughout the cosmos - even within our own solar system, on planets other than the Earth. The author's metaphysics investigations, together with his knowledge of the cutting edge of contemporary thought, have uncovered fascinating details of the history of our planetary neighbours. Life on the Moon reached fairly advanced levels of physical expression, and evidence for this contention lies waiting to be discovered, at deep subterranean levels. A greater question mark exists over the possibility of complex life having been present on Mars. The discovery of the remnants of microbial life on an ancient Martian meteorite will do little to resolve this quandary. A few drops do not make a monsoon . . . but they may foreshadow one! This book is not science fiction. There is a body of teaching on our planet, very ancient and frequently tested, termed the Gupta-Vidya in India, the Sibyl in ancient Rome, the Kabbala, Esoteric Buddhism, the Ancient Wisdom of the Gnostics, the Secret Doctrine of Theosophy, etc., which comments on the way in which nature and the cosmos unfolded. Many descriptions of cosmogenesis flow as a common current through these teachings. Because they are so often masked in mysticism, in symbol and glyph, in mythology and legend, they are not easy to unravel. Dr. Baker in a brilliant way, aided by images, charts and tables, presents these complex principles of Life in an easy to understand, yet very detailed fashion. Many scientific and esoteric references are quoted and several appendices are included which will help the reader through some sections of this work for which there are no simple analogies, equivalents or colloquialisms available in the English language. This book will change the way you think about life and the universe. It will provide glimpses of the true destiny of humanity . . . immortality!