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Overview

About the Author

Donald Goldsmith was the science editor and co-writer of the PBS television series The Astronomers and the co-writer of NOVA's Is Anybody Out There? with Lily Tomlin. He has written and edited 15 books on astronomy, including The Runaway Universe, Worlds Unnumbered, Supernova!, and The Hunt for Life on Mars. Donald Goldsmith received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley, and has taught astronomy courses there and at other institutions, including Stanford University, Cornell University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has received the lifetime achievement award in popularizing astronomy from the American Astronomical Society, the science writing award from the American Institute of Physics, and the Dorothea Klumpke-Roberts award for increasing public awareness of astronomy from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

Tobias Owen ranks among the world's leading experts on the solar system. He was awarded the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement for his work on the Martian atmosphere with the Viking Landers in 1976 and led the group of Voyager scientists who discovered the rings of Jupiter in 1979. He is currently a member of scientific teams on the Galileo, Nozomi, CONTOUR, DS-1 and Cassini-Huygens missions. With David Morrison, he co-authored a college text, The Planetary System, and has written over 250 scientific and popular articles. He is professor of astronomy at the University of Hawaii where he studies planets, satellites, and comets with the giant telescopes on Mauna Kea.

The authors present the most important facts about astronomy from a uniquely engaging viewpoint: how can we find other advanced civilizations? To address the question, Goldsmith and Owen provide a fascinating description of the history and structure of the universe, and then consider current ideas about the origin and cosmic distribution of life. Their book is an up-to-the-minute account of our understanding of the universe, of the likelihood of life throughout the cosmos, and of the ways in which advanced civilizations can make contact. World-renowned authority on extraterrestrial life Donald Goldsmith gives the reader a solid introduction to the subject, and the revision includes new information from all areas of current astronomical research. No science background is required, and the mathematics level is high- school algebra.

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Editorial Reviews

Frank Drake
Certainly this text will increase the wonder and delight which all of us find in the search for life in the universe."
from the Foreword to the Second Edition
Frank Shu
"Teachers and students everywhere of wildly popular courses on life in the universe should rejoice to see this update of the classic textbook by Don Goldsmith and Toby Owen."
University of California at Berkeley
Jill Tarter
"This textbook by Goldsmith and Owen will take you on a fascinating journey."
SETI Institute
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891389160
  • Publisher: University Science Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 580
  • Sales rank: 1,016,819
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Search from the Human Perspective

Chapter 2 The Universe Small and Large

Chapter 3 The Birthplaces of Stars

Chapter 4 Energy Liberation in Stars

Chapter 5 How Stars End Their Lives

Chapter 6 Galaxies and the Expanding Universe

Chapter 7 The Nature of Life on Earth

Chapter 8 The Origin of Life

Chapter 9 From Molecules to Minds

Chapter 10 How Strange Can Life Be?

Chapter 11 The Origin and Early History of the Solar System

Chapter 12 Venus

Chapter 13 Mars

Chapter 14 Is There Life on Mars?

Chapter 15 The Giant Planets and Their Satellites

Chapter 16 Is Earth Unique?

Chapter 17 The Discovery of Extrasolar Planets

Chapter 18 Extraterrestrial Civilizations: How Many? How Distant?

Chapter 19 Interstellar Spaceflight

Chapter 20 Interstellar Radio and Television Messages

Chapter 21 Extraterrestrial Visitors to Earth?

Chapter 22 Where Is Everybody?

Appendix
Glossary
Index
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