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Astrobiology, discovery, and societal impact

Author: Steven J Dick
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Series: Cambridge astrobiology, 9.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The search for life in the universe, once the stuff of science fiction, is now a robust worldwide research program with a well-defined roadmap probing both scientific and societal issues. This volume examines the humanistic aspects of astrobiology, systematically discussing the approaches, critical issues, and implications of discovering life beyond Earth. What do the concepts of life and intelligence, culture and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Dick, Steven J.
Astrobiology, Discovery, and Societal Impact.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steven J Dick
ISBN: 9781108556941 1108556949 1108445519 9781108445511
OCLC Number: 1034630787
Description: 1 online resource (396 pages)
Contents: Introduction : when biospheres collide --
Approaches --
History --
Discovery --
Analogy --
Critical issues --
Can we transcend anthropocentrism? --
Is human knowledge universal? --
How can we envision impact? --
Impact! --
Astroculture : transforming our worldviews --
Astroethics : interacting with alien life --
Astropolicy : preparing for discovery --
Summary and conclusions : at home in the biological (or postbiological) --
Universe.
Series Title: Cambridge astrobiology, 9.
Responsibility: Steven J. Dick, former NASA Chief Historian, 2014 Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology.

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New discoveries in astrobiology, including thousands of planets around distant stars, have increased the likelihood of finding life beyond Earth. Astronomer and historian Steven J. Dick examines the  Read more...

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'At last, a comprehensive and level-headed analysis of what it means for humanity should we discover alien life - an event that would utterly transform our worldview. Steven J. Dick, the world's Read more...

 
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