Aliens: The World's Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life by Jim Al-Khalili

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Read Aliens: The World's Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Online Free - In these lively and fascinating 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.



Title : Aliens: The World's Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life
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ISBN : 1250109639
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 pages


Reviews


Heather rated it ★★★★☆

August 14, 2017

Like any collection written by several different authors, some of these essays are better than others. A few were simply over my head, but I thought most were fascinating. There are some very different opinions about the likelihood of alien life existing in the Universe, and this collection explo...


Kiseruyoru rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 06, 2017

It's fine, but not worth buying the audiobook/new. Basically, it's just kinda boring. Here, I'll sum up the whole thing for you. 1: If we can find life that is not related to the known life tree on Earth, then life in the universe is more or less certain. 2: If we can find life anywhere but here o...


Zachary rated it ★★★☆☆

September 19, 2017

The obvious problem with a collection of scientific essays about aliens published in 2017 is that we do not, as of yet, have any concrete evidence of their existence. Since scientists as a rule tend to avoid making bold claims without any proof or means of testing their theories, there’s not a to...


Staci rated it ★★★☆☆

June 19, 2017

This is a decent book, mostly sort of summaries of the history of searching for extraterrestrial life (including claims of UFO sightings and abduction by aliens), what we know so far about how life began and what we are looking for to determine other planets that could hold life, what we are look...


James rated it ★★★★☆

July 09, 2017

Here I am, reading about all the incredible odds that life could exist here on Earth and the impossibility that that could occur again anywhere else in the universe. They just about have me convinced that there is no life here on Earth, and no cosmos given the razor thin balance of the cosmologic...


Angela rated it ★★★☆☆

July 03, 2017

A sometimes boring, sometimes repetitive, but often informative journey through current science on the search for extraterrestrial aliens. What I learned from this book, which from the reviews appears to be a rather basic primer, is that all life on Earth is united by the proton-motive electrical...


Ludi rated it ★★★★☆

June 29, 2017

Loved loved loved this book. Great concepts that really interest me is discussed at length in this book. If you want to potentially understand life on other planets you first have to understand life on this planet, how it started (chemistry, abiogenisys and panspermia). Also go into some depth in...


Dimas rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 20, 2017

I bought this book with the expectation that this would be somewhat accessible. I guess that's my fault. I should have remembered that scientists or academics tend to be poor writers. I found most of this to be a chore to read. The text was dry and full of jargon I didn't understand. This is a di...


Edward rated it ★★★★☆

May 30, 2017

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. T...


David rated it ★★★★☆

June 02, 2017

Fascinating book. A set of essays, written by leading scientists, on the search of life in the Universe. Interspersed between the scientific essays are looks at how alien life has manifested itself in our culture. Lots of fun. Some of the scientific speculation is pretty far out there but some re...





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