The Biological Universe: The Twentieth Century Extraterrestrial Life Debate and the Limits of Science

The Biological Universe: The Twentieth Century Extraterrestrial Life Debate and the Limits of Science

by Steven J. Dick
     
 

Steven J. Dick covers a broad range of topics, including the search for life in the solar system, the origins of life, UFOs, and aliens in science fiction. See more details below

Overview

Steven J. Dick covers a broad range of topics, including the search for life in the solar system, the origins of life, UFOs, and aliens in science fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521663618
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Edition description:
1 PBK ED
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.34(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction1
1From the Physical World to the Biological Universe: Democritus to Lowell10
2Plurality of Worlds and the Decline of Anthropocentrism36
3Life in the Solar System: The Limits of Observation59
4Planetary Systems: The Limits of Theory160
5Extraterrestrials in Literature and the Arts: The Role of Imagination222
6The UFO Controversy and the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis267
7The Origin and Evolution of Life and Extraterrestrial Context321
8SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence399
9The Convergence of Disciplines: Birth of a New Science473
10The Meaning of Life: Implications of Extraterrestrial Intelligence502
11Summary and Conclusion: The Biological Universe and the Limits of Science537
Select Bibliographical Essay555
Index561

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