Aliens

Aliens

The World's Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Book - 2017 | First U.S. edition
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In these essays, scientists from around the world weigh in on the latest advances in the search for intelligent life in the universe and discuss just what that might look like. Since 2000, science has seen a surge in data and interest on several fronts related to E.T. (extraterrestrials); A.I. (artificial intelligence); and SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence). The debate has intensified over whether life exists outside our solar system, what that life would look like, and whether we’ll ever make contact. Included here are essays from a broad spectrum of the scientific community: cosmologists, astrophysicists, NASA planetary scientists, and geneticists, to name just a few, discussing the latest research and theories relating to alien life. Some of the topics include: If life exists somewhere in space, what are the odds that it evolves into something we would recognize as intelligent? What will space travel look like in the future, and will it all be done by cyborg technology? How long until we are ruled by robot overlords? (This is actually a serious consideration.) Are we simply a simulation in the mind of some supreme being, acting out a virtual reality game? For those who have ever wondered, Is there anybody out there? here are the latest theories and evidence that move us closer to answering that question.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250109637
1250109639
Characteristics: 232 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Al-Khalili, Jim 1962-

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Sep 20, 2017

Even if you've read other books in the field, you're likely to find something new, though nothing is treated at any appreciable length. Probably would make a good introduction for the newbie.

This is a really good collection of essays by many of the leaders in the field. They make good arguments and tell fascinating stories. The tone is pretty level from author to author but the writing styles are, naturally, often quite different; such are the circumstances of an edited collection. That said, there is a ton of good stuff here and lots to cool things to learn. My only complaint with this book is that it is entirely text. Not one image, graphic, chart, illustration, or photograph of any kind appears. It's a lost opportunity that would have greatly enhanced many of the writings.

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