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The Extraterrestrial Life Debate, 1750-1900.

Author: Michael J Crowe
Publisher: Newburyport : Dover Publications, 2012.
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<DIV>Detailed, scholarly study examines the ideas that developed between 1750 and 1900 regarding the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life, including those of Kant, Herschel, Voltaire, Lowell, many others. 16 illustrations. </DIV>
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Crowe, Michael J.
Extraterrestrial Life Debate, 1750-1900.
Newburyport : Dover Publications, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael J Crowe
ISBN: 9780486145013 0486145018
OCLC Number: 898771552
Notes: 3. Responses from astronomers and mathematicians: "a plurality of opponents" of Whewell's "singular" book.
Description: 1 online resource (1397 pages)
Contents: DOVER SCIENCE BOOKS; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Table of Figures; Preface to the Dover Edition; Preface; Acknowledgments; Addendum; Introduction: before 1750; 1 --
The Plurality of worlds debate before 1750: a background survey; 1. The debate in ancient and medieval science and philosophy; 2. From Copernicus and Bruno to Fontenelle and the Newtonians; 3. Pluralism in the early eighteenth century: "this is the best possible world" or "this Earth is Hell"; PART I --
From 1750 to 1800; 2 --
Astronomers and extraterrestrials. 1. Wright, Kant, and Lambert: pioneer sidereal astronomers and proponents of a plurality of worlds2. Sir William Herschel: "promise not to call me a Lunatic"; 3. Herschel's continental contemporaries: Schröter and Bode, Laplace and Lalande; 3 --
Extraterrestrials and the Enlightenment; 1. The idea of a plurality of worlds in Britain: "One sun by day, by night ten thousand shine"; 2. Pluralism across the Atlantic: from "Poor Richard" to President Adams; 3. Pluralism and the French Enlightenment: philosophes, savants, and abbés. 4. Advocacy of extraterrestrials elsewhere in Europe: from Klopstock's cosmic Christ to Jean Paul's "Speech of the Dead Christ"5. Conclusion: the century ends and new tensions arise; PART II --
From 1800 to 1860; 4 --
The intensification of the plurality of worlds debate after 1800; 1. Between the deism of Thomas Paine and the evangelism of Thomas Chalmers; 2. "All the world is acquainted with Dr. Chalmers' splendid Astronomical Discourses"; 3. Responses to Chalmers, especially the one world of Alexander Maxwell and the many, many worlds of Thomas Dick. 4. Saving the selenites, including evidence that R.A. Locke's "moon hoax" was not a hoax5 --
The decades before Whewell; 1. Pluralism in Britain: Would nature "tip a hogshead to fill a wineglass"?; 2. Extraterrestrials and Americans: given modern astronomy, "Who can be a Calvinist or who an Atheist"?; 3. Conceptions on the Continent: "Who dwells on yonder golden stars?"; 4. Conclusion: the half-century surveyed; 6 --
William Whewell: pluralism questioned; 1. Whewell's pluralist period: "No one can resist the temptation." 2. Whewell's dialogue "Astronomy and Religion": a way around a "desolate" and "dark" thought3. Whewell in "combat against all the rational inhabitants of other spheres"; 4. Whewell's first critic, his earliest ally, and "the most curious of all [his] unpublished pieces"; 5. conclusions concerning Whewell's Essay, "the cleverest of all the author's numerous writings"; 7 --
The Whewell debate: Pluralism defended; 1. Sir David Brewster: "why is he so savage?"; 2. Rev. Baden Powell's attempt "to hold the balance."
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<DIV>Detailed, scholarly study examines the ideas that developed between 1750 and 1900 regarding the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life, including those of Kant, Herschel, Voltaire, Lowell, many others. 16 illustrations. </DIV>

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