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Extraterrestrial intelligence

Author: Jean Heidmann
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©1997, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"If extraterrestrial intelligence exists, then positive detection of it would be the greatest scientific discovery of all time. By what criteria should we judge whether we are alone in the cosmos, and how should we set about detecting extraterrestrials? Jean Heidmann, Chief Astronomer at the Paris Observatory, specializes in the search for advanced forms of life in space, and answers these questions in this engaging  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Heidmann
ISBN: 0521585635 9780521585637
OCLC Number: 1019972033
Awards: Winner of Basic Sciences Book Award.
Description: xxiii, 243 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. The bioastronomical prospect --
1. The cosmic stage --
The Big Bang, space, and matter --
Planetary systems --
2. The organic stage --
Life on Earth --
The interstellar travels of a grain of dust --
The expeditions of Comet Halley --
Comets and life --
The Rosetta project --
3. The prebiotic stage --
Titan, Saturn's large satellite --
Meteorites --
Primitive life in martian meteorite? --
4. The primitive biological stage --
From an inert cosmos to living matter --
Primitive biology on Mars --
pt. II. Extraterrestrials --
5. Intelligence --
6. The SETI pioneers --
7. Why use radio waves? --
8. NASA takes up the challenge --
9. False alarms --
10. The expansion of SETI --
The 'magic' frequencies --
A new Ariadne's thread --
Can 'ET' listen to Earth? --
11. Habitable zones in the universe --
12. The day we make contact --
13. The new world of SETI --
14. SETI in the 21st Century --
15. Epilog. Terrestrial destinies and cosmic perspective.
Other Titles: Intelligences extra-terrestres.
Responsibility: Jean Heidmann ; translated by Storm Dunlop.

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