Life Beyond Earth and the Impact of Discovery: Astrobiology, History, and Society

Editor: Vakoch, Douglas A.
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media

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ISBN: 978-3-642-35982-8
Category: Science - Astronomy
Image Count: 21
Book Status: Available
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This book addresses important current and historical topics in astrobiology and the search for life beyond Earth, including the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part I The Early Extraterrestrial Life Debate
  • 1 The Extraterrestrial Life Debate from Antiquity to 1900 - Michael J. Crowe and Matthew F. Dowd
  • 2 Early Modern ET, Reflexive Telescopics, and Their Relevance Today - Dennis Danielson
  • 3 Extraterrestrial Life as the Great Analogy, Two Centuries Ago and in Modern Astrobiology - Woodruff T. Sullivan III
  • 4 Hegel, Analogy, and Extraterrestrial Life - Joseph T. Ross
  • 5 The Relationship Between the Origins of Life on Earth and the Possibility of Life on Other Planets: A Nineteenth-Century Perspective
  • 6 Pioneering Concepts of Planetary Habitability - Florence Raulin Cerceau
  • Part II The Modern Extraterrestrial Life Debate
  • 7 The Twentieth Century History of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate: Major Themes and Lessons Learned - Steven J. Dick
  • 8 The Creator of Astrobotany, Gavriil Adrianovich Tikhov - Danielle Briot
  • 9 Life Beyond Earth and the Evolutionary Synthesis - Douglas A. Vakoch
  • 9.4 The Evolutionary Synthesis and Extraterrestrial Life
  • 10 The First Thousand Exoplanets: Twenty Years of Excitement and Discovery - Chris Impey
  • 11 Extraterrestrial Life in the Microbial Age - Aaron L. Gronstal
  • Part III Societal Impact of Discovering Extraterrestrial Life
  • 12 The Societal Impact of Extraterrestrial Life: The Relevance of History and the Social Sciences - Steven J. Dick
  • 13 Cultural Resources and Cognitive Frames: Keys to an Anthropological Approach to Prediction - Ian Lowrie
  • 14 The Detection of Extraterrestrial Life: Are We Ready? - Klara Anna Capova
  • Appendix I. List of Films
  • 15 Impact of Extraterrestrial Life Discovery for Third World Societies: Anthropological and Public Health Considerations - M. Margaret Weigel and Kathryn Coe
  • 16 Impossible Predictions of the Unprecedented: Analogy, History, and the Work of Prognostication - Kathryn Denning
  • 17 Mainstream Media and Social Media Reactions to the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life - Morris Jones
  • 18 Christianity's Response to the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life: Insights from Science and Religion and the Sociology of Religion - Constance M. Bertka
  • 19 Would the Discovery of ETI Provoke a Religious Crisis? - Ted Peters
  • About the Authors