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Are We Being Watched The Search For Life In The Cosmos

Author: Paul Murdin
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 0500771421
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An engaging exploration with renowned astronomer Paul Murdin of how life emerged on Earth—and the possibilities that it exists elsewhere There is no more fascinating question than whether or not we are alone in a vast universe. Here, Paul Murdin applies the latest scientific discoveries and theories to inquire whether life exists on other planets and, if so, what forms it might take. Could there be somewhere life as advanced as here on Earth, or are we more likely to find primitive life-forms? Or are we the sole living organisms in a desolate and boundless cosmos? Professor Murdin invites us to join him in exploring an extraordinary array of evidence to determine if there is life elsewhere in the cosmos. He examines the case for life on Mars and Europa and asks whether on Enceladus or Titan we might find the “warm little” pond that Darwin speculated was where life began here on Earth. Describing the cosmic habitats that produce the alien worlds of our solar system and others, he examines the chances of finding life and the prospects for successful communication with an extraterrestrial intelligence.

Planetary Vistas

Author: Paul Murdin
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319152424
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The word “landscape” can mean picture as well as natural scenery. Recent advances in space exploration imaging have allowed us to now have landscapes never before possible, and this book collects some of the greatest views and vistas of Mars, Venus’s Titan, Io and more in their full glory, with background information to put into context the foreign landforms of our Solar System. Here, literally, are 'other-worldly' visions of strange new scenes, all captured by the latest technology by landing and roving vehicles or by very low-flying spacecraft. There is more than scientific interest in these views. They are also aesthetically beautiful and intriguing, and Dr. Murdin in a final chapter compares them to terrestrial landscapes in fine art. Planetary Vistas is a science book and a travel book across the planets and moons of the Solar System for armchair space explorers who want to be amazed and informed. This book shows what future space explorers will experience, because these are the landscapes that astronauts and space tourists will see.

A Journey With Fred Hoyle

Author: Chandra Wickramasinghe
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814482374
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' This is the story of the author's unique scientific journey with one of the most remarkable men of 20th century science. The journey begins in Sri Lanka, the author's native country, with his childhood acquaintance with Fred Hoyle's writings. The action then moves to Cambridge, where the famous Hoyle–Wickramasinghe collaborations begin. A research programme which was started in 1962 on the carbonaceous nature of interstellar dust leads, over the next two decades, to developments that are continued in both Cambridge and Cardiff. These developments prompt Hoyle and the author to postulate the organic theory of cosmic dust (which is now generally accepted), and then to challenge one of the most cherished paradigms of contemporary science — the theory that life originated on Earth in a warm primordial soup. A Journey with Fred Hoyle is an intriguing book that traces the progress of a collaboration spanning 40 years, through a sequence of personal reflections, anecdotes and reminiscences. Ideas that were thought heretical 25 years ago are now quietly slipping into the domain of orthodox science. Contents:Origins: Prelude to the JourneyCambridge and a First MeetingA Hike in the Lake DistrictBetwixt the StarsThe Route to Carbon DustA Theory Takes ShapeThe Institute of Astronomy: The Vintage YearsWinds of ChangeThe Cardiff EraThe Search for Cosmic LifeLife from Comets and Pathogens from SpaceFirst Signs of LifeBacterial Dust Predictions VerifiedLife on the PlanetsEvolution from SpaceTheories of TrialA Fossil ControversyComet Halley and Its LegacyAlternative CosmologiesThe Last Decade Readership: General readers and students of the history of science. Keywords:Panspermia;Comets;Interstellar Dust;Origins of Life;Evolution;Hoyle–Wickramasinghe TheoriesKey Features:Gives a unique insight into the minds of two men who challenged one of the most cherished paradigms of modern scienceHighlights the personal and social contexts of a major scientific controversy as it developed and was finally resolvedShows how an idea that was heresy eventually became accepted by the scientific communityReviews:“This is the story of the remarkable 40-year friendship and scientific collaboration between the British astrophysicist Fred Hoyle and the Sri Lankan mathematician and astronomer Chandra Wickramasinghe … The work they are most famous for is their painstaking building of the case for a cosmic origin of life. Wickramasinghe and Hoyle's picture of a galaxy teeming with life is a stunning one … The scientific community has come a long way towards Hoyle and Wickramasinghe's position, wholeheartedly embracing the idea of planetary panspermia.”New Scientist “… An enlightening account of a 40-year scientific collaboration between two remarkable men.”Sir Martin Rees Astronomer Royal “The Hoyle-Wickramasinghe collaboration was notable for the daring leaps over knowledge gaps they were prepared to make. This book is a valuable guide to their corpus, and can serve as a source of ideas and speculations.”International Journal of Astrobiology “A Journey with Fred Hoyle is an intriguing, pacey insight into the working of a fertile scientific mind, and especially one focussed on a topic that is not in the mainstream of astronomical and biological endeavour … I enjoyed A Journey with Fred Hoyle greatly.”The Observatory Magazine “This is a fine blend of personal anecdotes, travel impressions, and scientific reporting — interesting, informative, and worth reading.”Choice “This book is of great interest; it is written in an accessible and exciting way; and I recommend it for a broad readership.”Structural Chemistry '


Author: Carl Sagan
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0307800989
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RETURNING TO TELEVISION AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOX Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science. Praise for Cosmos “Magnificent . . . With a lyrical literary style, and a range that touches almost all aspects of human knowledge, Cosmos often seems too good to be true.”—The Plain Dealer “Sagan is an astronomer with one eye on the stars, another on history, and a third—his mind’s—on the human condition.”—Newsday “Brilliant in its scope and provocative in its suggestions . . . shimmers with a sense of wonder.”—The Miami Herald “Sagan dazzles the mind with the miracle of our survival, framed by the stately galaxies of space.”—Cosmopolitan “Enticing . . . iridescent . . . imaginatively illustrated.”—The New York Times Book Review NOTE: This edition does not include images.

My Cosmic Quest

Author: Paul Gavan
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1524608025
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I learned from my spirit guides the Family of Light, that humanity is in this world but not of it. Speaking to me through a spiritual medium, the Family of Light described a veil of illusion that catches even those of us who know, prompting us to forget that there is a connection between ourselves and the divine and that, as human beings, we have the exalted charge to live in an awareness of that connection. With these words, Paul Gavan begins this account of his spiritual journey and of the communicationsthe teachings, observations, advice, and predictionsthat he has received from his spirit guides and the Family of Light. Working through a spiritual medium, Paul asked questions of these spirits who communicated to him from higher dimensional realms. Their answers, recounted in this book, were not just for Paul but for all of humanity, offering us guidance on how to raise our awareness as we enter a new era of collective enlightenment. Nonfiction.

Cosmic Company

Author: G. Seth Shostak
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521822336
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Considers the possibility of alien visitations to the Earth, discussess the consequences of obtaining proof that alien life exists on other planets, and explores how alien worlds might be successfully contacted.

Handbook Of Supernovae

Author: Athem W. Alsabti
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319218458
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This reference work gathers all of the latest research in the supernova field areas to create a definitive source book on supernovae, their remnants and related topics. It includes each distinct subdiscipline, including stellar types, progenitors, stellar evolution, nucleosynthesis of elements, supernova types, neutron stars and pulsars, black holes, swept up interstellar matter, cosmic rays, neutrinos from supernovae, supernova observations in different wavelengths, interstellar molecules and dust. While there is a great deal of primary and specialist literature on supernovae, with a great many scientific groups around the world focusing on the phenomenon and related subdisciplines, nothing else presents an overall survey. This handbook closes that gap at last. As a comprehensive and balanced collection that presents the current state of knowledge in the broad field of supernovae, this is to be used as a basis for further work and study by graduate students, astronomers and astrophysicists working in close/related disciplines, and established groups.

Adventures In The Cosmos

Author: Darryl Gopaul
Publisher: D. Gopaul Consulting & Publishing
ISBN: 1453788476
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The planets and their effect on the human race are at the heart of this stellar collection of provocative science fiction short stories, Adventures in the Cosmos by Darryl L. Gopaul. A second menacing moon appears in one story, which awakens powerful new forces on Earth. In another story, humanoids venture onto Earth and start to behave very differently than they usually do, right up until the moment they are called back to their home planet. In other stories, humans face a new biological phenomenon or gain new abilities, like telepathy. Hinting that strange, powerful forces are quietly guiding humans on Earth, Gopaul probes the possibilities that exist in the deepest pockets of outer space and right here on our home planet. Inspiring, stunning, and sometimes shocking, Adventures in the Cosmos shows that while the universe is our new frontier, it will take not just bravado but understanding to conquer or control it. A thinking person's collection of sci fi, Adventures in the Cosmos is both beautifully written and bolstered by the expertise of Gopaul, who is a microbiologist. In story after story, he prods you to see the earth, the planets, and yourself in new and original ways.

Encyclopedia Of Space And Astronomy

Author: Joseph A. Angelo
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438110189
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Presents a comprehensive reference to astronomy and space exploration, with articles on space technology, astronauts, stars, planets, key theories and laws and more.