The Resource The eerie silence : renewing our search for alien intelligence, Paul Davies, (electronic resource)

The eerie silence : renewing our search for alien intelligence, Paul Davies, (electronic resource)

Label
The eerie silence : renewing our search for alien intelligence
Title
The eerie silence
Title remainder
renewing our search for alien intelligence
Statement of responsibility
Paul Davies
Title variation
Renewing our search for alien intelligence
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Overview: Are we alone in the universe? This is surely one of the biggest questions of human existence, yet it remains frustratingly unanswered. In this provocative book, one of the world's leading scientists explains why the search for intelligent life beyond Earth should be expanded, and how it can be done. Fifty years ago, a young astronomer named Frank Drake first pointed a radio telescope at nearby stars in the hope of picking up a signal from an alien civilization. Thus began one of the boldest scientific projects in history, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). After a half-century of scanning the skies, however, astronomers have little to report but an eerie silence-eerie because many scientists are convinced that the universe is teeming with life. Could it be, wonders physicist and astrobiologist Paul Davies, that we've been looking in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and in the wrong way? Davies has been closely involved with SETI for three decades, and chairs the SETI Post-Detection Taskgroup, charged with deciding what to do if we're suddenly confronted with evidence of alien intelligence. He believes the search so far has fallen into an anthropocentric trap-assuming that an alien species will look, think, and behave much like us. In this mind-expanding book he refocuses the search, challenging existing ideas of what form an alien intelligence might take, how it might try to communicate with us, and how we should respond if it does
Cataloging source
TEFOD
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Davies, P. C. W
Dewey number
576.839
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • charts
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QB54
LC item number
.D383 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Life on other planets
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Unidentified flying objects
  • SCIENCE
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Life on other planets
  • Unidentified flying objects
Label
The eerie silence : renewing our search for alien intelligence, Paul Davies, (electronic resource)
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Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
List of illustrations -- Preface -- 1: Is anybody out there? -- What if ET calls tomorrow? -- Is SETI stuck in a rut? -- It's great-but is it science? -- Brief history of aliens -- Life among the stars -- Finally, what about all those UFO stories? -- 2: Life: freak side-show or cosmic imperative? -- Universe teeming with life? -- How did life begin? -- Life as a bizarre fluke -- Making life in a test tube -- Seeking a second genesis on Mars -- 3: Shadow biosphere -- Seeking a second genesis on Earth -- Weird extremphiles -- Aliens among us -- How to tell a root from a branch -- Has shadow life already been found? -- Targeting the shadow world -- 4: How much intelligence is out there? -- Planet of the apes fallacy -- Is science inevitable? -- Drake equation -- How long do technological civilizations last? -- Perils of using statistics of one -- Great filter -- Are we doomed? -- 5: New SETI: widening the search -- They don't know we are here -- Beyond the photon -- Beacons -- Narrowing the search -- Message on our doorstep -- Nanoprobes, viral messengers and gerrymandered genomes -- 6: Evidence for a galactic diaspora -- Where is everybody? -- Where are all the time tourists? -- Cosmic footprint -- Riding the wave -- Did the wave pass this way? -- One of our planets is missing -- Absent exotica -- 7: Alien magic -- Signatures of distant super-technology -- Technology as nature-plus -- Fantastic super-science -- Flaws in the laws -- 8: Post-biological intelligence -- Close encounters of the absurd kind -- Artificial intelligence -- I've seen ET, and it's an ATS -- Quantum computers and quantum minds -- 9: First contact -- Post-detection taskgroup -- Media frenzy -- Blanket of silence fallacy -- It's official-we are not alone! -- Intercepting intersellar e-mail -- Secrets from the stars -- Impact on science, philosophy and politics -- Impact on religion -- Of Gods and men-Is SETI itself a religion? -- 10: Who speaks for Earth? -- Shouting at the heavens -- What should we say? -- Why do SETI? -- Might we be alone after all?-the three-hats answer -- Appendix: Brief history of SETI -- Bibliography -- Notes -- Index
Control code
ocn754117643
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st Mariner books ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 241 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780547488493
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, portrait, charts
Publisher number
EB00030793
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
B0B56553-664A-4A84-958C-D67472E86895
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o754117643
  • (OCoLC)754117643
Label
The eerie silence : renewing our search for alien intelligence, Paul Davies, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
List of illustrations -- Preface -- 1: Is anybody out there? -- What if ET calls tomorrow? -- Is SETI stuck in a rut? -- It's great-but is it science? -- Brief history of aliens -- Life among the stars -- Finally, what about all those UFO stories? -- 2: Life: freak side-show or cosmic imperative? -- Universe teeming with life? -- How did life begin? -- Life as a bizarre fluke -- Making life in a test tube -- Seeking a second genesis on Mars -- 3: Shadow biosphere -- Seeking a second genesis on Earth -- Weird extremphiles -- Aliens among us -- How to tell a root from a branch -- Has shadow life already been found? -- Targeting the shadow world -- 4: How much intelligence is out there? -- Planet of the apes fallacy -- Is science inevitable? -- Drake equation -- How long do technological civilizations last? -- Perils of using statistics of one -- Great filter -- Are we doomed? -- 5: New SETI: widening the search -- They don't know we are here -- Beyond the photon -- Beacons -- Narrowing the search -- Message on our doorstep -- Nanoprobes, viral messengers and gerrymandered genomes -- 6: Evidence for a galactic diaspora -- Where is everybody? -- Where are all the time tourists? -- Cosmic footprint -- Riding the wave -- Did the wave pass this way? -- One of our planets is missing -- Absent exotica -- 7: Alien magic -- Signatures of distant super-technology -- Technology as nature-plus -- Fantastic super-science -- Flaws in the laws -- 8: Post-biological intelligence -- Close encounters of the absurd kind -- Artificial intelligence -- I've seen ET, and it's an ATS -- Quantum computers and quantum minds -- 9: First contact -- Post-detection taskgroup -- Media frenzy -- Blanket of silence fallacy -- It's official-we are not alone! -- Intercepting intersellar e-mail -- Secrets from the stars -- Impact on science, philosophy and politics -- Impact on religion -- Of Gods and men-Is SETI itself a religion? -- 10: Who speaks for Earth? -- Shouting at the heavens -- What should we say? -- Why do SETI? -- Might we be alone after all?-the three-hats answer -- Appendix: Brief history of SETI -- Bibliography -- Notes -- Index
Control code
ocn754117643
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st Mariner books ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 241 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780547488493
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, portrait, charts
Publisher number
EB00030793
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
B0B56553-664A-4A84-958C-D67472E86895
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o754117643
  • (OCoLC)754117643

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