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Extraterrestrials (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Roush, Wade

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Are we alone in the universe? If not, where is everybody? An engaging exploration of one of the most important unsolved problems in science. Everything we know about how planets form and how life arises suggests that human civilization on Earth should not be unique. We ought to s...ee abundant evidence of extraterrestrial activity-but we don't. Where is everybody? In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, science and technology writer Wade Roush examines one of the great unsolved problems in science: is there life, intelligent or otherwise, on other planets? This paradox (they're bound to be out there; but where are they?), first formulated by the famed physicist Enrico Fermi, has fueled decades of debate, speculation, and, lately, some actual science. Roush lays out the problem in its historical and modern-day context and summarizes the latest thinking among astronomers and astrobiologists. He describes the long history of speculation about aliens (we've been debating the idea for thousands of years); the emergence of SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) as a scientific discipline in the 1960s, and scientists' use of radio and optical techniques to scan for signals; and developments in astrobiology (the study of how life might arise in non-Earth like environments) and exoplanet research (the discovery of planets outside our solar system). Finally, he discusses possible solutions to the Fermi Paradox and suggests way to refocus SETI work that might increase the chances of resolving the paradox-and finding extraterrestrials.
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ISBN 9780262538435
Released NZ 15 Mar 2020
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Series MIT Press Essential Knowledge series
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ISBN-13 9780262538435
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Imprint MIT Press
Released 15 Mar 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Roush, Wade
Series MIT Press Essential Knowledge series
Category Astronomical Charts & Atlases
Space Science
UFOs (unidentified flying objects)
Extraterrestrial Beings
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 178mm
Spine: 16mm
Dewey Code 576.839
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Life on other planets, Extraterrestrial beings, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (Study group: U.S.)
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade

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