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If the universe is teeming with aliens ... where is everybody? : fifty solutions to the Fermi paradox and the problem of extraterrestrial life

Author: Stephen Webb
Publisher: New York : Copernicus Books in association with Praxis Pub., ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Publisher's description: During a lunchtime conversation at Los Alamos more than 50 years ago, four world-class scientists agreed, given the size and age of the Universe, that advanced extraterrestrial civilizations simply had to exist. The sheer numbers demanded it. But one of the four, the renowned physicist and back-of-the-envelope calculator Enrico Fermi, asked the telling question: If the extraterrestrial life  Read more...
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Named Person: Enrico Fermi; Enrico Fermi; Enrico Fermi; Enrico Fermi
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Webb
ISBN: 0387955011 9780387955018 9781441930293 1441930299
OCLC Number: 50164852
Awards: Runner-up for Aventis Prizes for Science Books: General Prize 2003
Short-listed for Aventis Prize for Science Books 2003
Description: xi, 288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Where is everybody? --
Of Fermi and paradox --
They are here --
They exist but have not yet communicated --
They do not exist --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Stephen Webb.
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