The Astrobiological Landscape: Philosophical Foundations of the Study of Cosmic Life

The Astrobiological Landscape: Philosophical Foundations of the Study of Cosmic Life

by Milan M. Airkovic


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ISBN-13: 9780521197755
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2012
Series: Cambridge Astrobiology Series , #7
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Milan M. irkovi is a research professor at the Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade, (Serbia) and a research associate of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford. He received his PhD in Physics from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, his MS in Earth and Space Sciences from the same university, and his BSc in Theoretical Physics from the University of Belgrade. His primary research interests are in the fields of astrobiology (Galactic Habitable Zone, anthropic principles, SETI studies, catastrophic episodes in the history of life), astrophysical cosmology (baryonic dark matter, future of the universe) and philosophy of science (future studies, risk analysis, observation selection effects, epistemology). He co-edited the anthology Global Catastrophic Risks (2008), is the author of two other monographs, has written about 200 research and professional papers and has translated several books, including titles by Richard P. Feynman and Sir Roger Penrose.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Acknowledgements; 1. Astrobiology: the colour out of space?; 2. Cosmology, life, and duration of the past; 3. Cosmology, life, and selection effects; 4. Cosmology, life, and the archipelago; 5. Astrobiology as a natural extension of Darwinism; 6. Rare Earths and the continuity thesis; 7. SETI and its discontents; 8. Natural and artificial: cosmic domain of Arnheim; 9. Astrobiology as the neo-Copernican synthesis?; Index.

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