Life on Other Worlds and How to Find It

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Springer Science & Business Media, Feb 14, 2000 - Science - 180 pages
SETI -- the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence -- is undergoing something of a renaissance, and alongside the work of the scientists almost a million PC users round the world are participating in the SERENDIP IV project through the "SETI at Home" initiative from Berkeley University in California. This book is an up-to-date review of todays scientific thinking about where and how we might find life elsewhere in the universe, presented in Stuart Clarks easily read yet authoritative style.
 

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Contents

TEST FOR ECHO
1
PRINCIPLES AND ASSUMPTIONS
2
THE INEVITABILITY OF LIFE AND TECHNOLOGY
4
TEMPORAL MEDIOCRITY
6
NO SUPERSCIENCE OR HYPERDRIVES
8
EXPLORATION BY DATA EXCHANGE AND THE GALACTIC CLUB
12
THE UNIVERSAL STAGE
14
MATTER IN THE UNIVERSE
16
AN ENERGY SOURCE
83
A STABLE ENVIRONMENT
86
LOOKING FOR LIFE IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM
88
MARTIANS GO HOME
90
THE AGES OF MARS
92
THE CURIOUS CASE OF METEORITE ALH84001
94
NANOBES AND OTHER TINY LIFEFORMS
98
PROSPECTING MARS FOR LIFE
99

THE FALLING ENERGY OF THE UNIVERSE
17
BEWARE THE SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS
22
WHAT WENT WRONG?
24
CELESTIAL POWER STATIONS
28
OUR SAVIOURS THE STARS
31
STELLAR ALCHEMY
33
DEEP FIELDS AND THE HISTORY OF STAR FORMATION
39
THE SEEDS OF LIFE
42
LIFE? DONT TALK TO ME ABOUT LIFE
44
THE VITAL SPARK OF LIFE
45
THE DISCOVERY OF DNA
47
THE MUSIC OF LIFE
49
THE LIVING CELL
51
THE PROPERTIES OF LIFE
54
ORGANISATION AND ENTROPY
58
THE ORIGIN OF LIFE
61
CONDITIONS FOR EMERGENCE
64
TRACING LIFE BACK TO ITS ROOTS
66
THE FORMATION OF THE EARTH
67
THE SCENE OF THE CRIME
72
THE CHICKEN AND THE EGG
74
SITES FOR LIFE
76
WATER WATER EVERYWHERE
78
ALIEN CHEMISTRY
80
THE RIGHT CHEMICALS
82
WHERE ELSE SHOULD WE LOOK?
102
SEARCHING FOR INHABITED PLANETS
105
PLANETS BEYOND THE SOLAR SYSTEM
106
PLANET SNAPSHOTS
111
HOW MANY PLANETS ARE THERE?
115
ET IQ
117
THE HUMAN BRAIN
120
IF I COULD TALK TO THE ANIMALS
121
THE EVOLUTION OF INTELLIGENCE
123
DOOM SOON?
126
HOW MANY INTELLIGENT SPECIES?
129
TUNINGIN TO ET FM
132
NASA BECOMES INTERESTED
135
OUT OF THE ASHES
136
OTHER SEARCHES
137
FALSE ALARMS AND ANNOUNCING THE DISCOVERY
139
OPTICAL SEARCHES
142
THE ODDS OF RECEIVING A VISIT
147
ARE ALIENS EXPLORING THE GALAXY NOW?
150
SENDING ROBOTS AHEAD
152
THE FERMI PARADOX
155
GLOSSARY
157
BIBLIOGRAPHY
169
INDEX
171
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