If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... Where Is Everybody?: Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life / Edition 1by Stephen Webb
Pub. Date: 10/04/2002
Publisher: Springer New York
During a Los Alamos lunchtime conversation that took place more than 50 years ago, four world-class scientists agreed, given the size and age of the Universe, that advanced extraterrestrial civilizations simply had to exist. The sheer numbers demanded it. But one of the four, the renowned physicist and back-of-the-envelope calculator Enrico Fermi, asked the telling… See more details below
During a Los Alamos lunchtime conversation that took place more than 50 years ago, four world-class scientists agreed, given the size and age of the Universe, that advanced extraterrestrial civilizations simply had to exist. The sheer numbers demanded it. But one of the four, the renowned physicist and back-of-the-envelope calculator Enrico Fermi, asked the telling question: If the extraterrestrial life proposition is true, he wondered, "Where IS everybody?" In this lively and thought-provoking book, Stephen Webb presents a detailed discussion of the 50 most cogent and intriguing answers to Fermi's famous question, divided into three distinct groups: - Aliens are already here among us. Here are answers ranging from Leo Szilard's suggestion that they are already here, and we know them as Hungarians, to the theorists who claim that aliens built Stonehenge and the Easter Island statues. - Aliens exist, but have not yet communicated. The theories in this camp range widely, from those who believe we simply don't have the technologies to receive their signals, to those who believe the enormities of space and time work against communication, to those who believe they're hiding from us. - Aliens do not exist. Here are the doubters' arguments, from the Rare Earth theory to the author's own closely argued and cogently stated skepticism. The proposed solutions run the gamut from the crackpot to the highly serious, but all deserve our consideration. The varieties of arguments from first-rate scientists, philosophers and historians, and science fiction authors turn out to be astonishing, entertaining, and vigorous intellectual exercises for any reader interested in science and the sheer pleasure of speculative thinking. Stephen Webb is a physicist working at the Open University in England and the author of Measuring the Universe.
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The 50 solutions to Fermi's paradox are divided into three major groups: I. They Are Here; II. They Exist, But Have Not Yet Communicated; III. They Do Not Exist.
With Notes, Suggestions for Further Reading, and Index.
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If the Universe is Teeming Up With Aliens... was a very interesting book. It brought up a lot of ideas that I had never really thought of. For people who do not believe in aliens because they simply just do not think they are real, this book showed a point that no one really knows what is real and what isn't real. We haven't had contact with another life, but that does not necessarily mean that they do not exist. We just do not know. From reading this book, I also learned what a paradox was, although it is still a bit confusing because it has so many different ideas. A paradox is basically a theory or an idea that maybe one person, multiple people, or no one agrees with. There are many ideas of whether aliens exist, reasons why or why not. But there is not real telling of whether it is true or not. I enjoyed how they book opened up different aspects and gave you something to think about. I also liked the authors mentions of people who inspired him to write the book and their own studies because that also helped with understanding what the ideas or concepts meant and they went just a bit deeper into things.
Un libro que cambiara tu manera de pensar, tan condicionada, por los medios; que no volverás a ser igual, sobre los ET pero es mejor que lo sepas y lo asumas ya que no puedes fincar tus anhelos ni tus dudas del tipo de Donde venimos?, a Donde vamos?, Por que estamos aquí sobre falsedades.