Life on Other Worlds: The 20th-Century Extraterrestrial Life Debate
Are we alone in the Universe? From the furor over Percival Lowell's claim of canals on Mars at the beginning of the century to the more recent controversial rock from Mars and the sophisticated Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), the prospect of otherworldly life has often titillated and occasionally consumed science and the public. The search for planetary systems, the quest to explain UFOs, and inquiries into the origin of life have fueled an abundance of popular and scientific literature. They have also provided Hollywood with fodder for some of the most popular films of our time, including ET, Aliens, Independence Day, and Contact. Lucid and accessible, Life on Other Worlds chronicles the history of the twentieth-century extraterrestrial debate. Putting the latest findings and heated controversies into a broader historical context, Steven Dick documents how the concept of extraterrestrial intelligence is a world view of its own--a "biophysical cosmology" that seeks confirmation no less than physical views of the Universe. The debate rests at the very limits of science, and attempts at confirmation only illuminate the nature of science itself. Dick shows that appreciating the history of the debate enables a better understanding of the nature of science, and is central to any forward-looking view of religion and philosophy. For anyone interested in a look over the edge of scientific discovery, Life on Other Worlds provides the exciting tale behind the greatest debate in the twentieth century. Dr. Steven J. Dick is an astronomer and historian of science at the U.S. Naval Observatory. He is the author of Plurality of Worlds: The Origins of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate from Democritus to Kant (Cambridge, 1982) and Biological Universe (Cambridge, 1996).
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Target audience: Ages 14-18 Are we alone in the unviverse? the author asks. He recounts the Percival Lowell's claim of canals on Mars, the controversial rock from Mars, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETTI), the prospect of life on other plantet has intrigued our Earthly beings. Human beings are endlessly searching for planetary systems, the quest to explain UFOs, and the originality of life has lead to popular and scientific literature. In addition, Hollywood is flooded with movies, such as Independence Day, ET, Aliens, and Contact in response to thsi furor over other lifes outside of Earth. The book is wonderfully comprehensive and highly entertaining. In addition, the author provides acute clarity, accuracy, and thoroughness of the information that he presents. I highly suggest the book to anyone who is interested in over the edge of scientific discovery of life. It compels me to ponder if there really is extraterrestrial life. I have always been fascinated with this topic. The book fulfills my curiosity.
Life on other worlds: the twentieth century extraterrestrial life debateUser Review - Book Verdict
A nuclear physicist and a journalist, respectively, the Fishers (Tube: The Invention of Television, Counterpoint, 1996), a father-and-son team, review scientific research on the possibility of life beyond Earth, beginning with Percival Lowell's claims about canals on Mars and continuing right up to recent discoveries of planets around other stars and NASA's announcement of possible microorganisms on a meteorite from Mars. Intended for lay readers, their book covers much the same ground as Michael Lemonick's Other Worlds (LJ 4/1/98) and is equally good. Dick is an astronomer at the U.S. Naval Observatory whose Life on Other Worlds, an abridged and updated version of The Biological Universe (Cambridge Univ., 1996), is deeper and broader than the Lemonick and Fisher books. In addition to reviewing scientific work on extraterrestrial life, he also explores the connections to science fiction, the UFO controversy, and some modern philosophers' musings. His book is aimed at a fairly sophisticated audience and is strongly recommended for all academic libraries.--Jack W. Weigel, Univ. of Michigan Lib., Ann Arbor
From the Physical World to the Biological Universe Democritus to Lowell
11 The Cosmological Connection
12 Philosophical Explorations
13 Scientific Foundations
Life in the Solar System
The Search for Intelligence 18941924
22 The Search for Martian Vegetation 19241957
Lowells Legacy Overturned
The Origin and Evolution of Life in the Extraterrestrial Context
A Space Age Symbiosis
Chance and Necessity Revisited
SETI The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
The Opening of the Electromagnetic Spectrum for SETI
Optimists Pessimists and the Drake Equation
The Development of Observational Programs
The Meaning of Life Implications of Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Martian Fossils and European Seas
Solar Systems Beyond
Close Encounters of the Stellar Kind
Observation to the Rescue
Extraterrestrials in Literature and the Arts The Role of Imagination
Verne Wells and Lasswitz
Burroughs to Bradbury
Clarke to ET and Beyond
The UFO Controversy and the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis
51 The Rise of the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis
52 The Peak of the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis 19651969
The Nature of Evidence and the Decline of the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis in Physical Science
81 Perceptions of Cultural Impact
The Anthropic Principle
Summary and Conclusion The Biological Universe
92 The Biological Universe as Cosmological Worldview
93 The Problem of Evidence and the Limits of Science
94 The Cultures of Science
95 Exobiology as Protoscience
96 Cultural Significance of the Debate
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