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Life on other planets

  • Extraterrestrial Altruismby Douglas A. Vakoch

    Springer 2013; US$ 89.99

    Extraterrestrial Altruism examines a basic assumption of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI): that extraterrestrials will be transmitting messages to us for our benefit. This question of whether extraterrestrials will be altruistic has become increasingly important in recent years as SETI scientists have begun contemplating transmissions... more...

  • Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeistby Aaron John Gulyas

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 40.00

    Since the 1950s, men and women around the world have claimed to have had contact with human-like visitors from space. This book explores how the "contactee" subculture has critiqued political, social and cultural trends in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. Not merely quaint relics of the 1950s Atomic Age, contactees have continued... more...

  • SETI - Die wissenschaftliche Suche nach außerirdischen Zivilisationen (TELEPOLIS)by Harald Zaun

    dpunkt.verlag 2012; US$ 7.12

    Harald Zaun stellt plastisch Geschichte, Stand und Perspektiven der SETI-Forschung dar. Die zahlreichen erdähnlichen Planeten, die die Planetenjäger in den nächsten Dekaden zuhauf aufspüren werden, sind für SETI-Forscher Zielgebiete erster Wahl - die Entdeckung eines ersten Signals könnte vielleicht schon bald Realität werden.   Biographische... more...

  • Total Addictionby Kate Russo

    Springer 2012; US$ 24.95

    Seeing a total solar eclipse is often described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, for many who have experienced totality, once-in-a-lifetime is simply not enough. They want more, and are willing to go to great lengths often at great expense to repeat the experience. What is it like to experience totality? What is it about the experience... more...

  • How Likely is Extraterrestrial Life?by J. Woods Halley

    Springer 2012; US$ 49.95

    What does existing scientific knowledge about physics, chemistry, meteorology and biology tell us about the likelihood of extraterrestrial life and civilizations? And what does the fact that there is currently no credible scientific evidence for the existence of extraterrestrial biospheres or civilizations teach us? This book reviews the various scientific... more...

  • Civilizations Beyond Earthby Douglas A. Vakoch; Albert A. Harrison

    Berghahn Books 2011; US$ 29.95

    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... more...

  • First Contactby Marc Kaufman

    Simon & Schuster 2011; US$ 16.00

    Are we alone in the universe? Almost certainly not. In First Contact, Marc Kaufman provides a gripping tour of the magnificent new science of astrobiology that is closing in on the discovery of extraterrestrial life. In recent decades, scientists generally held that the genesis of life was unique to Earth: It was too delicate a process, and the... more...

  • Visions of Marsby Howard V. Hendrix; George Slusser; Eric S. Rabkin

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 40.00

    Seventeen wide-ranging essays explore the evolving scientific understanding of Mars, and the relationship between that understanding and the role of Mars in literature, the arts and popular culture. Essays in the first section examine different approaches to Mars by scientists and writers Jules Verne and J.H. Rosny. Section Two covers the uses of Mars... more...

  • Strange New Worldsby Ray Jayawardhana

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 24.95

    Soon astronomers expect to find alien Earths by the dozens in orbit around distant suns. Before the decade is out, telltale signs that they harbor life may be found. If they are, the ramifications for all areas of human thought and endeavor--from religion and philosophy to art and biology--will be breathtaking. In Strange New Worlds , renowned astronomer... more...

  • Talking about Lifeby Chris Impey

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 32.00

    Containing interviews with astronomers, geologists, biologists, and writers, this book will fascinate anyone who has ever wondered 'Are we alone?' more...