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The biological universe : the twentieth-century extraterrestrial life debate and the limits of science
Introduction 1. From the physical world to the biological universe: Democritus to Lowell 2. Plurality of worlds and the decline of anthropocentrism 3. The solar system: the limits of observation 4.
The Biological Universe
Cultural evolution, the postbiological universe and SETI
  • S. Dick
  • Physics
    International Journal of Astrobiology
  • 1 January 2003
The Biological Universe (Dick 1996) analysed the history of the extraterrestrial life debate, documenting how scientists have assessed the chances of life beyond Earth during the 20th century. Here I
The Living Universe: NASA and the Development of Astrobiology
'The Living Universe' is a comprehensive, historically nuanced study of the formation of the new scientific discipline of exobiology and its transformation into astrobiology. The authors explain how
Societal Impact of Spaceflight
fifty years after the Space age began, it is time to examine the effects of spaceflight on society in a historically rigorous way. has the Space age indeed had a significant effect on society? if so,
Evo Devo Universe? A Framework for Speculations on Cosmic Culture
The underlying paradigm for cosmology is theoretical physics. In this paper we explore ways this framework might be extended with insights from information and computation studies and evolutionary
Life on other worlds : the 20th-century extraterrestrial life debate
List of illustrations List of tables Acknowledgements Introduction 1. From the physical world to the biological universe: Democritus to Lowell 2. Life in the solar system 3. Solar systems beyond 4.
Discovery and Classification in Astronomy: Controversy and Consensus
Preface Abbreviations Introduction: the natural history of the heavens and the natural history of discovery Part I. Entree: 1. The Pluto affair Part II. Narratives of Discovery: 2. Moons, rings, and
Cosmic Evolution: History, Culture, and Human Destiny
Astrobiology must be seen in the context of cosmic evolution, the 13.7 billion-year master narrative of the universe. The idea of an evolving universe dates back only to the nineteenth century, and
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