Extraterrestrial Intelligence / Edition 2

Extraterrestrial Intelligence / Edition 2

by Jean Heidmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521453402

ISBN-13: 9780521453400

Pub. Date: 01/28/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

If extraterrestrial intelligence exists, then positive detection of it would be the greatest scientific discovery of all time. By what criteria should we judge whether we are alone in the cosmos, and how should we set about detecting extraterrestrials? Jean Heidmann answers these questions in this engaging discussion of extraterrestrial intelligence. The author shows…  See more details below

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If extraterrestrial intelligence exists, then positive detection of it would be the greatest scientific discovery of all time. By what criteria should we judge whether we are alone in the cosmos, and how should we set about detecting extraterrestrials? Jean Heidmann answers these questions in this engaging discussion of extraterrestrial intelligence. The author shows how planets fit into the hierachy of the universe, and discuss prebiotic stages of life, and the emergence of primitive biological molecules in the solar system. From this base the entire subject of extraterrestrials is explained: techniques and the results of current projects, the expansion of searches for extraterrestrials, the habitable zones in our universe, and what might happen if actual contact takes place. Our generation is capable, in principle, of communication across interstellar space, bounded only by the speed of light, and soon it will be possible to set tight limits on the presence or absence of extraterrestrials in our Galaxy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521453400
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2011
Series:
Canto Book Series
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. IThe bioastronomical prospect1
1The cosmic stage3
The Big Bang, space, and matter3
Planetary systems11
2The organic stage19
Life on Earth19
The interstellar travels of a grain of dust24
The expeditions to Comet Halley26
Comets and life34
The Rosetta project38
3The prebiotic stage43
Titan, Saturn's large satellite43
Meteorites51
4The primitive biological stage59
From an inert cosmos to living matter59
Primitive biology on Mars73
Pt. IIExtraterrestrials95
5Intelligence97
6The SETI pioneers111
7Why use radio waves?121
8NASA takes up the challenge135
9False alarms149
10The expansion of SETI157
The 'magic' frequencies157
A new Ariadne's thread168
Can ET listen to Earth?172
11Habitable zones in the universe177
12The day we make contact191
Epilog: Terrestrial destinies and cosmic perspectives205
Toward scientific recognition of SETI213
Bibliography227
Index229

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