Cosmic Company: The Search for Life in the Universe

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Overview

In Cosmic Company, Seth Shostak and Alex Barnett ponder the possibility of aliens visiting the Earth, as well as the consequences of receiving a signal from the cosmos proving we're neither alone, nor the most intelligent life forms. They explain why scientists think life might exist on other worlds, and how we might contact it. Shostak and Barnett, experienced writers of popular astronomy, provide an accessible overveiw of the science and technology behind the search for life in the universe. Seth Shostak is a Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute where he is involved in many of the outreach activities of the Institute, including editing the newsletter, overseeing the Web site, giving talks and writing magazine articles about SETI. He also teaches several informal education classes on astronomy and other topics in the Bay Area. Before coming to SETI, Seth did research work on galaxies using radio telescopes at observatories and universities in America and Europe. Alex Barnett is Programme Director at the National Space Centre. She is well-known in the science centre, planetarium and media worlds, particularly for public and educational programmes involving space and astronomy. She presents BBC's Final Frontier a space and astronomy programme.

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"... ponders the posibility of aliens visiting Earth. What would it mean, in the first place, if we were to detect a signal from the cosmos that would prove we're neither alone nor the smartest creatures in the universe?" Astronomy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521822336
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2003
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Seth Shostak is a Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, Mountain View, California.

Alex Barnett is CEO of the Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Habitats for life; 2. What might the aliens be like; 3. Intelligent life; 4. Visitors from afar; 5. How might we get in touch?; 6. The Drake Equation; 7. The future.

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