We are the Martians

Connecting Cosmology with Biology

Authors: Bignami, Giovanni F

  • Covers fundamental questions concerning life on Earth and the rest of the cosmos
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  • Written by one of Europe’s leading researchers in astrophysics and space science
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For many thousands of years, human beings have been asking themselves whether they are more frightened of being alone in the universe or of the thought that there is someone else out there. Over the past few decades, however, we have moved from imagination to action, exploring the cosmos using new techniques, often with surprising results. Numerous fascinating but little known facts have emerged – for example, that every year many rocks from Mars fall on the Earth, that one of our amino acids has been found in the coma of a comet, and that some of the known thousands of extrasolar planets are similar to our own. There are further exciting and important discoveries around the corner that will cast more light on the great enigma of how life started on Earth. In this intriguing book, one of the World’s leading researchers in astrophysics and space science examines fundamental questions concerning life on Earth and the rest of the cosmos in an accessible and stimulating way.

About the authors

Professor Giovanni Fabrizio BIGNAMI is a physicist and astronomer. Over the last 40 years he has carried out research in astronomy, from the ground and from space. A professor of astrophysics at IUSS, Pavia, he has been President of the Italian Space Agency and is now the President of COSPAR, the world-wide Committee on Space Research. He is President of The National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) and has received various awards, including the Rossi Prize of the American Astronomical Society, the Blaise Pascal Medal of the European Academy of Sciences and the von Karman Award of the International Astronautics Academy. Professor Bignami is one of the most authoritative scientists in astrophysical and space research and identified the neutron star "Geminga."

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“This book is ideal for general readers who would like a simplified overview of some of the hot topics and issues in cosmology and ‘contact astronomy’. … it offers facts and theories, as well as open-to-thought ideas on origins. … A large slice of the book reiterates pivotal theories as to what happened after the beginning of the Universe. … A further topic of this book is the possibility of developed forms of life and technological civilizations beyond the Solar System.” (P. Chapman-Rietschi, The Observatory, Vol. 133 (1233), April, 2013)

“In We are the Martians Professor Bignami connects Cosmology with Biology through a 13.7 billion year journey from the first few minutes after the Big Bang … to the formation of planetary systems from embryonic protoplanetary discs. The book goes on to explore exo-planets discovered around other stars and their means of discovery. … The author has done an excellent job of keeping difficult subjects understandable and in doing so has created a thought provoking work that is a joy to read … .” (Paul Rumsby, Best Astronomy Books, September, 2012)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Let’s Make the Universe: Light and Matter

    Bignami, Giovanni F.

    Pages 1-14

  • Let’s Make the Rest of the Universe

    Bignami, Giovanni F.

    Pages 15-31

  • Astronomy in Search of Alien Planets

    Bignami, Giovanni F.

    Pages 33-45

  • Contact Astronomy: The Universe Invades Us

    Bignami, Giovanni F.

    Pages 47-58

  • Contact Astronomy: Ourselves, the Invaders

    Bignami, Giovanni F.

    Pages 59-73

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
We are the Martians
Book Subtitle
Connecting Cosmology with Biology
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Mailand
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Italia
eBook ISBN
978-88-470-2466-3
DOI
10.1007/978-88-470-2466-3
Softcover ISBN
978-88-470-2465-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 128
Number of Illustrations and Tables
22 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
Translation from Italian ISBN 978-88-26156-4
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