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The biological universe : the twentieth-century extraterrestrial life debate and the limits of science

Author: Steven J Dick
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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This is the first history of the twentieth century extraterrestrial life debate. Steven J. Dick covers a broad range of topics, including the search for life in the solar system, the origins of life,  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven J Dick
ISBN: 052166361X 9780521663618 0521343267 9780521343268
OCLC Number: 1010669337
Description: XVI, 578 p. : il. ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction; 1. From the physical world to the biological universe: Democritus to Lowell; 2. Plurality of worlds and the decline of anthropocentrism; 3. The solar system: the limits of observation; 4. Solar systems beyond: the limits of theory; 5. Extraterrestrials in literature and the arts: the role of imagination; 6. The UFO controversy: on perception and deception; 7. The origin and evolution of life in the extraterrestrial context; 8. SETI: the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence; 9. The convergence of disciplines: birth of a new science; 10. The meaning of life; Summary and conclusion: the biological universe and the limits of science.
Responsibility: Steven J. Dick.

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