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Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar CommunicationArchaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication
by Douglas A. Vakoch - NASA , 2014
Addressing a field that has been dominated by astronomers, physicists, and computer scientists, the contributors to this collection raise questions about the ease of establishing meaningful communication with an extraterrestrial intelligence.
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The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological PerspectiveThe Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective
by Clement Vidal - arXiv , 2013
Where does it all come from? Where are we going? Are we alone in the universe? What is good and what is evil? The scientific narrative of cosmic evolution demands that we tackle such big questions with a cosmological perspective.
(1846 views)

Man's Place in the UniverseMan's Place in the Universe
by Alfred R. Wallace - Chapman and Hall , 1904
Contents: early ideas; modern ideas; the new astronomy; the distribution of the stars; distances of stars - the sun's motion; unity and the evolution of the star-system; are the stars infinite?; our relation to the Milky Way; and more.
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The Fine-Tuning of the Universe for Intelligent LifeThe Fine-Tuning of the Universe for Intelligent Life
by Luke A. Barnes - arXiv , 2011
We will touch on such issues as the logical necessity of the laws of nature; objectivity, invariance and symmetry; theoretical physics and possible universes; entropy in cosmology; cosmic inflation and initial conditions; galaxy formation; etc.
(2144 views)

When Biospheres Collide: A History of NASA's Planetary Protection ProgramsWhen Biospheres Collide: A History of NASA's Planetary Protection Programs
by Michael Meltzer - NASA , 2011
This book presents the history of planetary protection by tracing the responses to the microbiological contamination concerns on NASA's missions to the Moon, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and many smaller bodies of our solar system.
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Cosmos and Culture: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic ContextCosmos and Culture: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context
by Steven J. Dick, Mark L. Lupisella - NASA , 2010
Integrating concepts from philosophical, anthropological, and astrobiological disciplines, the book begins to explore the interdisciplinary questions of cosmic evolution. Authors have diverse backgrounds in science, history, anthropology, and more.
(3879 views)

Are We Alone?Are We Alone?
by Gregg Easterbrook - The Atlantic Monthly , 1988
Scanning the universe to see if we have company has fallen out of favor among many scientists, but the true believers who continue to search raise diverting questions -- why planets form where they do, and how life began, and where we might end up.
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The Galactic Habitable Zone I. Galactic Chemical EvolutionThe Galactic Habitable Zone I. Galactic Chemical Evolution
by G. Gonzalez, D. Brownlee, P. Ward - arXiv , 2001
The GHZ is that region in the Milky Way where an Earth-like planet can retain liquid water on its surface and provide a long-term habitat for animal-like aerobic life. In this paper we examine the dependence of the GHZ on Galactic chemical evolution.
(2362 views)

The Astrobiology Primer: An Outline of General KnowledgeThe Astrobiology Primer: An Outline of General Knowledge
by Lucas J. Mix, at al. - arXiv , 2006
Astrobiology aims to understand the fundamental nature of life on earth and the possibility of life elsewhere. This text has been created as a reference tool for those who are interested in this interdisciplinary field of astrobiology.
(3923 views)

Habitable Planets for ManHabitable Planets for Man
by Stephen H. Dole - RAND Corporation , 1964
The book examines and estimates the probabilities of finding planets habitable to man and where they might be found. The author presents in detail the characteristics of a planet that can provide an acceptable environment for humankind.
(4354 views)