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The Drake equation : estimating the prevalence of extraterrestrial life through the ages

Author: Douglas A Vakoch; Matthew F Dowd
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Series: Cambridge astrobiology, 8.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this compelling book, leading scientists and historians explore the Drake Equation, which guides modern astrobiology's search for life beyond Earth. First used in 1961 as the organising framework for a conference in Green Bank, West Virginia, it uses seven factors to estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilisations in our galaxy. Using the equation primarily as a heuristic device, this engaging text  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Ebook version
Named Person: Frank D Drake
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas A Vakoch; Matthew F Dowd
ISBN: 9781107073654 1107073650
OCLC Number: 904979812
Description: xxii, 319 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction: the Drake equation in context / Steven Dick --
Rate of formation of stars suitable for the development of intelligent life, R*, pre-1961 David DeVorkin --
Rate of formation of stars suitable for the development of intelligent life, R*, 1961 to the present / Patrick François and Danielle Briot --
Fraction of stars with planetary systems, fp, pre-1961 / Matthew F. Dowd --
Fraction of stars with planetary systems, fp, 1961 to the present / Chris Impey --
Number of planets, per solar system, with an environment suitable for life, ne, pre-1961 / Florence Raulin Cerceau --
Number of planets, per solar system, with an environment suitable for life, ne, 1961 to the present / Danielle Briot and Jean Schneider --
Fraction of suitable planets on which life actually appears, fl, pre-1961 / Stephané Tirard --
Fraction of suitable planets on which life actually appears, fl, 1961 to the present / David J. Des Marais --
Fraction of life-bearing planets on which intelligent life emerges, fl, pre-1961 / Michael Crowe --
Fraction of life-bearing planets on which intelligent life emerges, fl, 1961 to the present / Lori Marino --
Fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space, fc, pre-1961 / Florence Raulin Cerceau --
Fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space, fc, 1961 to the present / Seth Shostak --
Length of time such civilizations release detectable signals into space, L, pre-1961 / David Dunér --
Length of time such civilizations release detectable signals into space, L, 1961 to the present / Garry Chick --
Afterword / Paul Davies.
Series Title: Cambridge astrobiology, 8.
Responsibility: edited by Douglas A. Vakoch, SETI Institute, Matthew F. Dowd, University of Notre Dame Press.
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