How Likely is Extraterrestrial Life?

How Likely is Extraterrestrial Life?

by J. Woods Halley


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783642227530
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date: 01/04/2012
Series: SpringerBriefs in Astronomy
Edition description: 2012
Pages: 151
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

Dr. J. Woods Halley is a full professor of physics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, where he has taught since 1968. His research specialties are in condensed matter and chemical physics simulation and theory. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He has taught a yearly seminar for undergraduates on the subject of the book since the mid 1990’s. He is also the author of Statistical Mechanics, Cambridge Press (2006) and the editor of 6 conference proceedings volumes. Dr. Halley got his Ph.D. in Physics from U. California, Berkeley in 1965 and his B.S. at MIT, 1961.

Table of Contents

1.Introduction.- I. ’Bottom Up”: What we learn from Basic Science About the Likelihood of Extraterrestrial Life.- 2. Astrophysical Factors.- 3. Planetary Considerations.- 4. Biological Factors.- II. ’Top Down’: What we learn from the failure of attempts to detect Extraterrestrial Life.- 5. Unidentified Flying Objects.- 6. Colonization and Panspermia.- 7. Electromagnetic ( SETI) Searches.- 8. Direct Searches for Primitive forms of Life.- 9. Policy, Ethical and Other Implications.- 10. Appendices.- Subject Index.

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