From Chaos to Consciousness: A Brief History of the Universe
by Mike Corwin
Publisher: Bookboon 2015
Number of pages: 166
A textbook intended for a one-semester course in Astronomy. After a few introductory chapters on the history of astronomy and the present universe, it is narrowly focused on material directly and chronologically related to the eventual rise of conscious beings in the universe.
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by Douglas A. Vakoch - NASA
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.
by G. Gonzalez, D. Brownlee, P. Ward - arXiv
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.
by Philip Morrison, John Billingham, John Wolfe - NASA
In the late twentieth century, scientists converged upon the basic idea of scanning the sky and 'listening' for non-random patterns of electromagnetic emissions in order to detect another possible civilization somewhere else in the universe.
by Alfred R. Wallace - Chapman and Hall
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.