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The Resource If the universe is teeming with aliens ... where is everybody? : seventy-five solutions to the Fermi paradox and the problem of extraterrestrial life, Stephen Webb

If the universe is teeming with aliens ... where is everybody? : seventy-five solutions to the Fermi paradox and the problem of extraterrestrial life, Stephen Webb

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If the universe is teeming with aliens ... where is everybody? : seventy-five solutions to the Fermi paradox and the problem of extraterrestrial life
Title
If the universe is teeming with aliens ... where is everybody?
Title remainder
seventy-five solutions to the Fermi paradox and the problem of extraterrestrial life
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Stephen Webb
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eng
Summary
Given the fact that there are perhaps 400 billion stars in our Galaxy alone, and perhaps 400 billion galaxies in the Universe, it stands to reason that somewhere out there, in the 14-billion-year-old cosmos, there is or once was a civilization at least as advanced as our own. The sheer enormity of the numbers almost demands that we accept the truth of this hypothesis. Why, then, have we encountered no evidence, no messages, no artifacts of these extraterrestrials? In this second, significantly revised and expanded edition of his widely popular book, Webb discusses in detail the (for now!) 75 most cogent and intriguing solutions to Fermi's famous paradox: If the numbers strongly point to the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations, why have we found no evidence of them? Reviews from the first edition: "Amidst the plethora of books that treat the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligence, this one by Webb ... is outstanding. ... Each solution is presented in a very logical, interesting, thorough manner with accompanying explanations and notes that the intelligent layperson can understand. Webb digs into the issues ... by considering a very broad set of in-depth solutions that he addresses through an interesting and challenging mode of presentation that stretches the mind. ... An excellent book for anyone who has ever asked ?Are we alone??." (W. E. Howard III, Choice, March, 2003) "Fifty ideas are presented ... that reveal a clearly reasoned examination of what is known as ?The Fermi Paradox?. ... For anyone who enjoys a good detective story, or using their thinking faculties and stretching the imagination to the limits ... ?Where is everybody? will be enormously informative and entertaining. ... Read this book, and whatever your views are about life elsewhere in the Universe, your appreciation for how special life is here on Earth will be enhanced! A worthy addition to any personal library." (Philip Bridle, BBC Radio, March, 2003) Since gaining a BSc in physics from the University of Bristol and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Manchester, Stephen Webb has worked in a variety of universities in the UK. He is a regular contributor to the Yearbook of Astronomy series and has published an undergraduate textbook on distance determination in astronomy and cosmology as well as several popular science books. His interest in the Fermi paradox combines lifelong interests in both science and science fiction
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YDXCP
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Webb, Stephen
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QB54
LC item number
.W43 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Science and fiction : a Springer series
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  • Fermi, Enrico
  • Fermi, Enrico
  • Fermi's paradox
  • Life on other planets
  • Fermi's paradox
  • Life on other planets
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If the universe is teeming with aliens ... where is everybody? : seventy-five solutions to the Fermi paradox and the problem of extraterrestrial life, Stephen Webb
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes biblographical references (pages 403-424) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Foreword -- Preface to the Second Edition -- Preface to the First Edition -- Where is Everybody? -- Of Fermi and Paradox -- They are (or were) Here -- They Exist, But we Have Yet to See or Hear From Them -- They Doǹt Exist -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Index
Control code
910411999
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
Second edition
Extent
xv, 434 pages
Isbn
9783319132358
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)910411999
Label
If the universe is teeming with aliens ... where is everybody? : seventy-five solutions to the Fermi paradox and the problem of extraterrestrial life, Stephen Webb
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes biblographical references (pages 403-424) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword -- Preface to the Second Edition -- Preface to the First Edition -- Where is Everybody? -- Of Fermi and Paradox -- They are (or were) Here -- They Exist, But we Have Yet to See or Hear From Them -- They Doǹt Exist -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Index
Control code
910411999
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
Second edition
Extent
xv, 434 pages
Isbn
9783319132358
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)910411999

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