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The Impact of Discovering Life Beyond Earth

Author : Steven J. Dick
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This book discusses the big questions about how the discovery of extraterrestrial life, whether intelligent or microbial, would impact society and humankind.

Astrobiology History and Society

Author : Douglas A. Vakoch
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This book addresses important current and historical topics in astrobiology and the search for life beyond Earth, including the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). The first section covers the plurality of worlds debate from antiquity through the nineteenth century, while section two covers the extraterrestrial life debate from the twentieth century to the present. The final section examines the societal impact of discovering life beyond Earth, including both cultural and religious dimensions. Throughout the book, authors draw links between their own chapters and those of other contributors, emphasizing the interconnections between the various strands of the history and societal impact of the search for extraterrestrial life. The chapters are all written by internationally recognized experts and are carefully edited by Douglas Vakoch, professor of clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Director of Interstellar Message Composition at the SETI Institute. This interdisciplinary book will benefit everybody trying to understand the meaning of astrobiology and SETI for our human society.

Civilizations Beyond Earth

Author : Douglas A. Vakoch
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Astronomers around the world are pointing their telescopes toward the heavens, searching for signs of intelligent life. If they make contact with an advanced alien civilization, how will humankind respond? In thinking about first contact, the contributors to this volume present new empirical and theoretical research on the societal dimensions of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Archaeologists and astronomers explore the likelihood that extraterrestrial intelligence exists, using scientific insights to estimate such elusive factors as the longevity of technological societies. Sociologists present the latest findings of novel surveys, tapping into the public's attitudes about life beyond Earth to show how religion and education influence beliefs about extraterrestrials. Scholars from such diverse disciplines as mathematics, chemistry, journalism, and religious studies offer innovative solutions for bridging the cultural gap between human and extraterrestrial civilizations, while recognizing the tremendous challenges of communicating at interstellar distances. At a time when new planets are being discovered around other stars at an unprecedented rate, this collection provides a much needed guide to the human impact of discovering we are not alone in the universe.

Astrobiology

Author : United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (2011)
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Astrobiology Discovery and Societal Impact

Author : Steven J. Dick
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The search for life in the universe, once the stuff of science fiction, is now a robust worldwide research program with a well-defined roadmap probing both scientific and societal issues. This volume examines the humanistic aspects of astrobiology, systematically discussing the approaches, critical issues, and implications of discovering life beyond Earth. What do the concepts of life and intelligence, culture and civilization, technology and communication mean in a cosmic context? What are the theological and philosophical implications if we find life - and if we do not? Steven J. Dick argues that given recent scientific findings, the discovery of life in some form beyond Earth is likely and so we need to study the possible impacts of such a discovery and formulate policies to deal with them. The remarkable and often surprising results are presented here in a form accessible to disciplines across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Space Time and Aliens

Author : Steven J. Dick
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In this comprehensive and interdisciplinary volume, former NASA Chief Historian Steven Dick reflects on the exploration of space, astrobiology and its implications, cosmic evolution, astronomical institutions, discovering and classifying the cosmos, and the philosophy of astronomy. The unifying theme of the book is the connection between cosmos and culture, or what Carl Sagan many years ago called the “cosmic connection.” As both an astronomer and historian of science, Dr. Dick has been both a witness to and a participant in many of the astronomical events of the last half century. This collection of papers presents his reflections over the last forty years in a way accessible to historians, philosophers, and scientists alike. From the search for alien life to ongoing space exploration efforts, readers will find this volume full of engaging topics relevant to science, society, and our collective future on planet Earth and beyond.

Microbiology

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Microbiology: Diversity, Disease, and the Environment is an exciting new introductory level Microbiology text will serve the needs of lecturers and students in a wide variety of life science, health science, and applied science programs. The recurrent theme in this text is the delicate balance between microbes and humans, and how recent changes in that balance may bring about changes that have adverse effects, such as emerging infectious diseases and micro-organisms resistant to antibiotics. The text does not, however, focus exclusively on microbes as causal agents, but also portrays them as life-givers responsible for the earth's ability to support higher forms of life. This new text will enable instructors to cover all the essential topics of classic and contemporary microbiology in a standard one-term course and will enthuse your students as they learn about the beauty and diversity, as well as the dangers, of the microbial world in which they live. Each chapter contains study outlines and thought- provoking questions to help students master both the daunting vocabulary and key concepts of the field. A list of useful websites is listed at the end of each chapter. Focus boxes in all chapters recount fascinating historical highlights and point out provocative public policy issues. A complete glossary is provided in the back of the book. All of the art figures in the book are available to instructors in PowerPoint and a complete test bank with over 300 multiple-choice test questions is also provided on the Instructor's Digital Resource that will be available free in CD-ROM format to all adopters. A website for the book will contain coverage of breakthroughs and updates to keep the book current. This website links to the important microbiology websites. For more information please check out the following website www.fitzscipress.com.

Why Aren t They Here

Author : Surendra Verma
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A calm, intelligent and witty survey of the history of mankind's search for extraterrestial life.

Bioastronomy 99

Author : Guillermo A. Lemarchand
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The Hunt for Life on Mars

Author : Donald Goldsmith
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An astronomer recounts the investigation by NASA scientists into a group of ancient asteroids that fell from Mars to Earth and that revealed signs of primitive life on Mars, and explores the implications of that discovery. Reprint.

Galileo and the Dolphins

Author : Adrian Berry
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New Scientist

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The Atlantic

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Chemistry and Industry

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The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Author : Don Nardo
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Describes the scientific search for extraterrestrial life, explains the probablilities of finding intelligent life, examines our attempts to communicate with other life forms, and presents the debate between religion and science on this subject.

The Quest for Mars

Author : Laurence Bergreen
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Is there life on Mars? And if not, why not? These questions have gripped mankind throughout the twentieth century. In the shadow of the new millennium, this text seeks the definitive answers from the dedicated NASA scientists participating in the race to discover life on the Red Planet.

The Planetary Report

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Classifying the Cosmos

Author : Steven J. Dick
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Since the invention of the telescope 400 years ago, astronomers have rapidly discovered countless celestial objects. But how does one make sense of it all? Astronomer and former NASA Chief Historian Steven J. Dick brings order to this menagerie by defining 82 classes of astronomical objects, which he places in a beginner-friendly system known as "Astronomy’s Three Kingdoms.” Rather than concentrating on technicalities, this system focuses on the history of each object, the nature of its discovery, and our current knowledge about it. The ensuing book can therefore be read on at least two levels. On one level, it is an illustrated guide to various types of astronomical wonders. On another level, it is considerably more: the first comprehensive classification system to cover all celestial objects in a consistent manner. Accompanying each spread are spectacular historical and modern images. The result is a pedagogical tour-de-force, whereby readers can easily master astronomy’s three realms of planets, stars, and galaxies.

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Bowker s Complete Video Directory 2001

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