Life Everywhere

Author: David Darling

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0465009980

Category: Science

Page: 224

View: 2322

To many people, the main question about extraterrestrial life is whether it exists. But to the scientific community, that question has already been answered: it does, and within our solar system. The new science of astrobiology is already being practiced at NASA's Astrobiology Institute and the University of Washington's new Department of Astrobiology. Life Everywhere is the first book to lay out what the new science of astrobiology is all about. It asks the fascinating questions researchers in astrobiology are asking themselves: What is life? How does it originate? How often does life survive once it arises? How does evolution work? And what determines whether complex or intelligent life will emerge from more primitive forms? Informed by interviews with most of the top people in this nascent field, this book introduces readers to one of the most important scientific developments of the next century.
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Science in the Contemporary World

An Encyclopedia

Author: Eric Gottfrid Swedin

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1851095241

Category: Reference

Page: 382

View: 5421

This work is a unique introductory A–Z resource detailing the scientific achievements of the contemporary world and analyzing the key scientific trends, discoveries, and personalities of the modern age. * Over 200 A–Z entries covering topics ranging from plate tectonics to the first Moon landings * More than 40 stunning photographs providing a unique pictorial chronicle of the achievements of modern science
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What Technology Wants

Author: Kevin Kelly

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101444467

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 416

View: 3672

From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Inevitable— a sweeping vision oftechnology as a living force that can expand our individual potential This provocative book introduces a brand-new view of technology. It suggests that technology as a whole is not a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. Kevin Kelly looks out through the eyes of this global technological system to discover "what it wants." He uses vivid examples from the past to trace technology's long course and then follows a dozen trajectories of technology into the near future to project where technology is headed. This new theory of technology offers three practical lessons: By listening to what technology wants we can better prepare ourselves and our children for the inevitable technologies to come. By adopting the principles of pro-action and engagement, we can steer technologies into their best roles. And by aligning ourselves with the long-term imperatives of this near-living system, we can capture its full gifts. Written in intelligent and accessible language, this is a fascinating, innovative, and optimistic look at how humanity and technology join to produce increasing opportunities in the world and how technology can give our lives greater meaning. From the Hardcover edition.
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Astrobiological Neurosystems

Rise and Fall of Intelligent Life Forms in the Universe

Author: Jerry L. Cranford

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319104195

Category: Science

Page: 204

View: 6906

This book explains why scientists believe that life may be more common in the Universe than previously considered possible. It presents the tools and strategies astronomers and astrobiologists are using in their formal search for habitable exoplanets as well as more advanced forms of life in other parts of our galaxy. The author then summarizes what is currently known about how and where organic molecules critical to our form of carbon-based life are manufactured. The core of the book explains (and presents educated guesses) how nervous systems evolved on Earth, how they work, and how they might work on other worlds. Combining his knowledge of neuroscience, computers, and astrobiology the author jumps into the discussion whether biological nervous systems are just the first step in the rise of intelligence in the Universe. The book ends with a description from both the psychologist’s and the neuroscientist’s viewpoints, exactly what it is about the fields of astrobiology and astronomy that “boggles the minds” of many amateur astronomers and interested non-scientists. This book stands out from other popular science books on astrobiology by making the point that “astro-neurobiologists” need to begin thinking about how alien nervous systems might work.
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50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

Author: Guy P. Harrison

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1616144963

Category: Social Science

Page: 458

View: 5507

Maybe you know someone who swears by the reliability of psychics or who is in regular contact with angels. Or perhaps you're trying to find a nice way of dissuading someone from wasting money on a homeopathy cure. Or you met someone at a party who insisted the Holocaust never happened or that no one ever walked on the moon. How do you find a gently persuasive way of steering people away from unfounded beliefs, bogus cures, conspiracy theories, and the like? This down-to-earth, entertaining exploration of commonly held extraordinary claims will help you set the record straight. The author, a veteran journalist, has not only surveyed a vast body of literature, but has also interviewed leading scientists, explored "the most haunted house in America," frolicked in the inviting waters of the Bermuda Triangle, and even talked to a "contrite Roswell alien." He is not out simply to debunk unfounded beliefs. Wherever possible, he presents alternative scientific explanations, which in most cases are even more fascinating than the wildest speculation. For example, stories about UFOs and alien abductions lack good evidence, but science gives us plenty of reasons to keep exploring outer space for evidence that life exists elsewhere in the vast universe. The proof for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster may be nonexistent, but scientists are regularly discovering new species, some of which are truly stranger than fiction. Stressing the excitement of scientific discovery and the legitimate mysteries and wonder inherent in reality, this book invites readers to share the joys of rational thinking and the skeptical approach to evaluating our extraordinary world. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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The Universal Book of Mathematics

From Abracadabra to Zeno's Paradoxes

Author: David Darling

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471667005

Category: Mathematics

Page: 512

View: 7276

Praise for David Darling The Universal Book of Astronomy "A first-rate resource for readers and students of popular astronomy and general science. . . . Highly recommended." -Library Journal "A comprehensive survey and . . . a rare treat." -Focus The Complete Book of Spaceflight "Darling's content and presentation will have any reader moving from entry to entry." -The Observatory magazine Life Everywhere "This remarkable book exemplifies the best of today's popular science writing: it is lucid, informative, and thoroughly enjoyable." -Science Books & Films "An enthralling introduction to the new science of astrobiology." -Lynn Margulis Equations of Eternity "One of the clearest and most eloquent expositions of the quantum conundrum and its philosophical and metaphysical implications that I have read recently." -The New York Times Deep Time "A wonderful book. The perfect overview of the universe." -Larry Niven
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Astrobiology, Discovery, and Societal Impact

Author: Steven J. Dick

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110842676X

Category: Science

Page: 406

View: 9731

Examines humanistic aspects of astrobiology, exploring approaches, critical issues, and implications of the discovery of extraterrestrial life.
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The Astrobiological Landscape

Philosophical Foundations of the Study of Cosmic Life

Author: Milan M. Ćirković

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139510258

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 3348

Astrobiology is an expanding, interdisciplinary field investigating the origin, evolution and future of life in the universe. Tackling many of the foundational debates of the subject, from discussions of cosmological evolution to detailed reviews of common concepts such as the 'Rare Earth' hypothesis, this volume is the first systematic survey of the philosophical aspects and conundrums in the study of cosmic life. The author's exploration of the increasing number of cross-over problems highlights the relationship between astrobiology and cosmology and presents some of the challenges of multidisciplinary study. Modern physical theories dealing with the multiverse add a further dimension to the debate. With a selection of beautifully presented illustrations and a strong emphasis on constructing a unified methodology across disciplines, this book will appeal to graduate students and specialists who seek to rectify the fragmented nature of current astrobiological endeavour, as well as curious astrophysicists, biologists and SETI enthusiasts.
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The Living Cosmos

Our Search for Life in the Universe

Author: Chris Impey

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 393

View: 3459

An expert in the field of astrobiology challenges current assumptions about our existence in the universe while addressing questions concerning the nature of life and the possibility of extraterrestrial life, the future of our planet, and future trends of
Posted in Science

The Story of Earth

The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet

Author: Robert M. Hazen

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101580682

Category: Science

Page: 320

View: 951

Hailed by The New York Times for writing “with wonderful clarity about science . . . that effortlessly teaches as it zips along,” nationally bestselling author Robert M. Hazen offers a radical new approach to Earth history in this intertwined tale of the planet’s living and nonliving spheres. With an astrobiologist’s imagination, a historian’s perspective, and a naturalist’s eye, Hazen calls upon twenty-first-century discoveries that have revolutionized geology and enabled scientists to envision Earth’s many iterations in vivid detail—from the mile-high lava tides of its infancy to the early organisms responsible for more than two-thirds of the mineral varieties beneath our feet. Lucid, controversial, and on the cutting edge of its field, The Story of Earth is popular science of the highest order. "A sweeping rip-roaring yarn of immense scope, from the birth of the elements in the stars to meditations on the future habitability of our world." -Science "A fascinating story." -Bill McKibben
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Battleground Science and Technology

Author: Sal P. Restivo,Peter H. Denton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 564

View: 1901

The modern world is filled with debate and controversy, and science and technology - the most characteristic features of the modern world - are not immune. Science and technology are implicated in many if not all of the issues, troubles, and problems students are likely to come across in their classes and in their everyday lives. Science and technology serve as a primary pathway to understanding front page headlines on everything from war to AIDS, and from oil exploration to global warming. Battleground: Science and Technology examines the most hot-button issues involving science and technology and provides a balanced assessment of the arguments on all sides of the often strident debates. - Publisher.
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Highlights of Astronomy

Author: International Astronomical Union

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Astronomy

Page: N.A

View: 2827

Vol. 1- contain papers, etc., from 13th- General Assembly.
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Das Twitter-Buch

Author: Tim O'Reilly,Sarah Milstein,Volker Bombien,Corina Pahrmann,Nathalie Pelz

Publisher: O'Reilly Germany

ISBN: 3868999647

Category: Electronic books

Page: 270

View: 5758

Twitter ist als Plattform zum Austausch privater Nachrichten gestartet, doch die letzten Jahre haben gezeigt, dass der Microblogging-Dienst noch ganz andere Starken hat: Immer wieder gibt es weltpolitische Ereignisse, die als Erstes auf Twitter vermeldet werden, und auch Trends lassen sich hier gut beobachten. Daruber hinaus kommt Twitter haufig in beruflichen Zusammenhangen zum Einsatz - sei es zum direkten Austausch mit Kunden oder als PR-Instrument in der Unternehmenskommunikation. Dieses Buch begleitet Sie bei den ersten Schritten mit Twitter und macht Sie mit dem typischen Jargon vertraut. Sie erfahren, wie Sie sich mit anderen Twitterern vernetzen, interessante Inhalte wie Links und Fotos teilen und die Plattform fur Recherchezwecke nutzen. Auch der Einsatz von Twitter im Unternehmen und das Zusammenspiel mit Facebook und einem Blog werden behandelt. Die Autoren Tim O'Reilly und Sarah Milstein sind bekennende Twitter-Fans und geben in diesem Buch wertvolle Einblicke in ihre Erfahrungen mit der Plattform. Die dritte, deutsche Auflage wurde von den Twitter-Liebhabern Volker Bombien, Corina Pahrmann und Nathalie Pelz uberarbeitet und um Informationen aus dem deutschsprachigen Twitterversum erganzt.
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Extrasolar Planets and Astrobiology

Author: Caleb A. Scharf

Publisher: University Science Books

ISBN: 9781891389559

Category: Science

Page: 470

View: 5819

This work offers an advanced introduction to the increasingly robust fields of extrasolar planets and astrobiology. The text is firmly grounded in mathematics and physics and also covers the key issues regarding chemistry, biology and geophysics.
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Das fünfte Wunder

Auf der Suche nach dem Ursprung des Lebens

Author: Paul Davies

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3105607579

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

View: 3375

Paul Davies gibt einen genauen und abwägenden Überblick über die vorhandenen Modelle der Entstehung des Lebens und fügt eine weitere, gut belegte Hypothese hinzu, nämlich die der Lebensentstehung fern von der Erde. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine frühere Ausgabe.)
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Sind wir allein im Universum?

Über die Wahrscheinlichkeit außerirdischen Lebens

Author: Paul Davies

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3105607269

Category: Philosophy

Page: 190

View: 9573

Angenommen, wir würden Leben außerhalb unserer Erde finden – was würde es für uns und für unser Weltbild bedeuten? (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine frühere Ausgabe.)
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Wir sind Götter

Roman

Author: Dennis E. Taylor

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641221811

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 6208

Eigentlich hat Bob Johansson nie an ein Leben nach dem Tod geglaubt. Als er nach einem tödlichen Autounfall als Künstliche Intelligenz eines Raumschiffes wieder erwacht, ist er natürlich geschockt. Doch damit nicht genug – er ist der intelligente Computer einer von Neuman Probe, das heißt er wurde tausendfach repliziert. Bob und seine Kopien werden ausgeschickt, um in den Tiefen des Weltalls nach neuen, bewohnbaren Planeten zu suchen. Dabei stoßen sie nicht nur auf ein primitives Alien-Volk, das sie als Götter verehrt, sondern auch auf eine feindliche Spezies, die droht, die Erde anzugreifen – und die Bobs sind die Einzigen, die sie noch aufhalten können ...
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Das Universum für Eilige

Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446259538

Category: Science

Page: 192

View: 1005

Der nach Stephen Hawking prominenteste Astrophysiker des Planeten hat das ultimative Kompendium über den Kosmos verfasst. In Neil deGrasse Tysons Bestseller ist alles versammelt, was wir über das Universum wissen: über Exoplaneten und Dunkle Energie, über Zwerggalaxien und den Urknall. Der Autor begeistert wie kein Zweiter mit funkelndem Witz für die Wunder des Weltalls. Zugleich regt er zum Nachdenken über unseren Platz im Universum an und zu Demut angesichts kosmischer Skalen. Sein „Universum für Eilige“ ist das perfekte Buch für alle, die auf nur 200 Seiten die heutige Astrophysik verstehen – und sich dabei auf hohem Niveau unterhalten lassen möchten.
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Christianity and Extraterrestrials?

A Catholic Perspective

Author: Marie George

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595358276

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

View: 612

Does ETI existence spell the death of Christianity? The increasingly popular answer is "yes". Marie George argues, to the contrary, that Christian belief is compatible with ETI existence, by examining Roman Catholic teaching and Scripture. She then makes a case that while Christian belief does not exclude ETI existence, it does render it improbable. George goes on to expose the faulty reasoning behind the common opinion that science indicates that the universe surely contains other intelligent life forms. She closes with speculations on what the Catholic Church might eventually say about ETIs. Central to her analysis is the cosmic role of Christ."I appreciate arguments like those in Christianity and Extraterrestrials?, laid out carefully and investigated thoroughly. If more writers proceeded with Dr. George's care and courtesy, there would be new hope for peace in the world."John L. Barger, Ph.D. Publisher, Sophia Institute Press"Although some of Dr. George's claims are controversial, she is clearly an author seeking the truth and open to opposing arguments. Moreover, she has sought out the best sources and used them wisely-in short, an admirable scholarly presentation."Michael J. Crowe Cavanaugh Professor Emeritus, University of Notre Dame and author of The Extraterrestrial Life Debate, 1750-1900
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