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The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe has piqued the curiosity of humankind from ancient to modern times. If extraterrestrial intelligence exists, then positive detection of it would be the greatest scientific discovery of all time. By what criteria should we judge if we are alone in the cosmos, and how should we set about detecting extraterrestrials? Jean Heidmann answers these questions in his engaging discussion of extraterrestrial intelligence. The author shows how planets fit into the hierarchy of the universe, and discusses prebiotic stages of life, and the emergence of primitive biological life in the solar system. From this base the entire subject of extraterrestrials is explained: techniques for searching and the results of current projects (including the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project); the expansion of searches for extraterrestrials; the habitable zones in our universe; and what might happen if actual contact takes place. This lively account is written for a general readership with interest in this topic. Jean Heidmann is the author of Cosmic Odessey (CUP, 1989).

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'If extraterrestrial intelligence exists, then positive detection of it would be the greatest scientific discovery of all time. This book explains our current position and techniques, from both the technological communications systems available and the biological possibilities of our solar system.\n

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Synopsis:

A consideration of the criteria by which we should judge whether we are alone in the cosmos, and how should we set about detecting extraterrestrials.

Synopsis:

By what criteria should we judge whether we are alone in the cosmos, and how can we detect extraterrestrials, assuming such exists? The author answers these questions and more in an engaging discussion of extraterrestrial intelligence. He covers the entire subject, including information from the SETI projectand what might happen if actual contact should ever take place. A new Introduction for this revised edition contains updated information.

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. The Bioastronomical Prospect: 1. The cosmic stage; 2. The organic stage; 3. The prebiotic stage; 4. The primitive biological stage; Part II. Extraterrestrials: 5. Intelligence; 6. The SETI Pioneers; 7. Why use radio waves?; 8. NASA takes up the challenge; 9. False alarms; 10. The expansion of SETI; 11. Habitable zones in the universe; 12. The day we make contact; 13. The new world of SETI; 14. SETI in the twenty-first century; 15. Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521585637
Translator:
Dunlop, Storm
Author:
Dunlop, Storm
Author:
Heidmann, Jean
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge ;
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Microbiology
Subject:
Astrophysics & Space Science
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Life on other planets
Subject:
Exobiology
Subject:
UFOs & Extraterrestrials
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Canto original series
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 line diagrams
Pages:
268
Dimensions:
8.50x5.41x.78 in. .64 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 'If extraterrestrial intelligence exists, then positive detection of it would be the greatest scientific discovery of all time. This book explains our current position and techniques, from both the technological communications systems available and the biological possibilities of our solar system.\n

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"Synopsis" by , A consideration of the criteria by which we should judge whether we are alone in the cosmos, and how should we set about detecting extraterrestrials.
"Synopsis" by , By what criteria should we judge whether we are alone in the cosmos, and how can we detect extraterrestrials, assuming such exists? The author answers these questions and more in an engaging discussion of extraterrestrial intelligence. He covers the entire subject, including information from the SETI projectand what might happen if actual contact should ever take place. A new Introduction for this revised edition contains updated information.
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