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Astronomers' Universe

The Hunt for Alien Life

A Wider Perspective

Authors: Linde, Peter

  • Focuses on the revolutionary event of exoplanets - detection, characteristics and possibilities for life 
  • Presents the history of SETI as well as new research and methods being used for detection and communication
  • Addresses philosophical questions about the possibility of finding extraterrestrial life and how to explain the Fermi paradox             
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Astronomer Peter Linde takes the reader through the story of the search for extraterrestrial life in a captivating and thought-provoking way, specifically addressing the new research that is currently devoted towards discovering other planets with life. He discusses the methods used to detect possible signals from other civilizations and the ways that the space sciences are changing as a result of this new field. “Are we alone?” is a mystery that has forever fascinated mankind, gaining momentum by scientists since the 1995 discovery of the existence of exoplanets began to inspire new ways of thinking in astronomy. Here, Linde tries to answer many philosophical questions that derive from this area of research: Is humanity facing a change of paradigm, that we are not unique as intelligent beings? Is it possible to communicate with others out there, and even if we can—should we?

About the authors

Peter Linde has been fascinated by astronomy since childhood and is involved in many projects that convey this commitment in popular science form. Previously, he worked as an assistant professor in astronomy at Lund University, Sweden. As a researcher, he has been active in advanced analysis of astronomical imagery, participating in studies of solar-type stars and stellar populations in nearby galaxies. Recently, he has been engaged in simulations for the European Extremely Large Telescope, which is now being built. Please visit the author's homepage at www.peterlinde.net  for more information.  

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“In this book the reader gets a first course on different methods that are used in various ways to search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and planets that might be suitable for life. The book gives a wide overview of for example SETI research with radio telescopes, the techniques employed there, and what are the results so far. … The Hunt for Alien Life is a great book for finding out more about the background of exoplanet research. It's detailed and well-written.” (AstroMadness.com, December, 2016)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Hunt for Alien Life
Book Subtitle
A Wider Perspective
Authors
Series Title
Astronomers' Universe
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-24118-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-24118-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-24116-6
Series ISSN
1614-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 385
Number of Illustrations and Tables
13 b/w illustrations, 133 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Original Swedish edition published by Karavan Förlag, Lund, 2013
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