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Aliens: The World's Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

In these lively and fascinating essays edited by theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili, scientists from around the world weigh in on the latest advances in the search for intelligent life in the universe and discuss just what that might look like.

Since 2000, science has seen a surge in data and interest on several fronts related to E.T. (extraterrestrials); A.I. (artificial intelligence); and SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence). The debate has intensified over whether life exists outside our solar system, what that life would look like, and whether we'll ever make contact.

Included here are essays from a broad spectrum of the scientific community: cosmologists, astrophysicists, NASA planetary scientists, and geneticists, to name just a few, discussing the latest research and theories relating to alien life. Some of the topics include: If life exists somewhere in space, what are the odds that it evolves into something we would recognize as intelligent? What will space travel look like in the future, and will it all be done by cyborg technology? How long until we are ruled by robot overlords? (This is actually a serious consideration.) Are we simply a simulation in the mind of some supreme being, acting out a virtual reality game?

For those who have ever wondered, Is there anybody out there? here are the latest theories and evidence that move us closer to answering that question.

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Edited and with an Introduction by Jim Al-Khalili

Inhaltsverzeichnis

CONTENTS

Introduction: Where Is Everybody? by Jim Al-Khalili - 1

1 Aliens and Us: Could Post-humans Spread through the Galaxy? by Martin Rees - 11

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
2 (Un)welcome Visitors: Why Aliens Might Visit Us by Lewis Dartnell - 25
3 Flying Saucers: A Brief History of Sightings and Conspiracies by Dallas Campbell - 35
4 Aliens on Earth: What Octopus Minds Can Tell Us about Alien Consciousness by Anil Seth - 47
5 Abducted: The Psychology of Close Encounters with Extraterrestrials by Chris French - 58

WHERE TO LOOK FOR LIFE ELSEWHERE
6 Home Sweet Home: What Makes a Planet Habitable? by Chris McKay -73
7 The Next-Door Neighbours: The Search for Life on Mars by Monica Grady - 83
8 Further Out: Could the Moons of the Gas Giants Harbour Life? by Louisa Preston - 93
9 Monsters, Victims, Friends: Aliens in Science Fiction Writing by Ian Stewart - 103

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT
10 Randomness Versus Complexity: The Chemistry of Life by Andrea Sella - 117
11 Electric Origins in Deep-Sea Vents: How Life got Started on Earth by Nick Lane - 127
12 Quantum Leap: Could Quantum Mechanics Hold the Secret of (Alien) Life? by Johnjoe McFadden -137
13 A Cosmic Imperative: How Easy Is It for Life to Get Started? by Paul C. W. Davies - 147
14 Alone in the Universe: The Improbability of Alien Civilisations by Matthew Cobb - 156

ALIEN HUNTING
15 It Came from Beyond the Silver Screen! Aliens in the Movies by Adam Rutherford - 169
16 What Are We Looking For? An Overview of the Search for Extraterrestrials by Nathalie Cabrol - 178
17 Are They Out There? Technology, the Drake Equation, and Looking for Life on Other Worlds by Sara Seager - 188
18 Good Atmosphere: Identifying the Signs of Life on Distant Worlds by Giovanna Tinetti - 197
19 What Next? The Future of the SEarch for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Seth Shostak - 208

Further Reading - 221
Contributors - 226

Produktdetails

EAN / 13-stellige ISBN 978-1250109637
10-stellige ISBN 1250109639
Verlag PICADOR
Sprache Englisch
Editionsform Hardcover / Softcover / Karten
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Erscheinungsdatum 09. Mai 2017
Seitenzahl 240
Format (L×B×H) 21,8cm × 14,4cm × 2,7cm
Gewicht 331g
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