Space, Time, and Aliens

Collected Works on Cosmos and Culture

Authors: Dick, Steven

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  • Includes more than 40 papers written by a former NASA Chief Historian
  • Analyzes topics in cosmology and astronomy from an interdisciplinary lens
  • Covers all ongoing, major themes in the new field of philosophy of astronomy
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In this comprehensive and interdisciplinary volume, former NASA Chief Historian Steven Dick reflects on the exploration of space, astrobiology and its implications, cosmic evolution, astronomical institutions, discovering and classifying the cosmos, and the philosophy of astronomy. The unifying theme of the book is the connection between cosmos and culture, or what Carl Sagan many years ago called the “cosmic connection.”

As both an astronomer and historian of science, Dr. Dick has been both a witness to and a participant in many of the astronomical events of the last half century. This collection of papers presents his reflections over the last forty years in a way accessible to historians, philosophers, and scientists alike. From the search for alien life to ongoing space exploration efforts, readers will find this volume full of engaging topics relevant to science, society, and our collective future on planet Earth and beyond.


About the authors

Steven J. Dick served as the NASA Chief Historian and Director of the NASA History Office from 2003 to 2009.  He was the 2014 Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology at the Library of Congress’s John W. Kluge Center. In 2013 he testified before the United States Congress on the subject of astrobiology.  From 2011 to 2012 he held the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the National Air and Space Museum. For 25 years he worked as an astronomer and historian of science at the U. S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.  He is the author or editor of 23 books, including Discovery and Classification in Astronomy: Controversy and Consensus (Cambridge, 2013), The Impact of Discovering Life Beyond Earth (Cambridge, 2015), Astrobiology, Discovery, and Societal Impact (Cambridge, 2018, winner of the PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers), and Classifying the Cosmos: How We Can Make Sense of the Celestial Landscape (Springer, 2019). In 2006, Dick received the LeRoy E. Doggett Prize from the American Astronomical Society for a career that has significantly influenced the field of the history of astronomy. In 2009, minor planet 6544 Stevendick was named in his honor.

Table of contents (42 chapters)

Table of contents (42 chapters)

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eBook 106,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Space, Time, and Aliens
Book Subtitle
Collected Works on Cosmos and Culture
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-41614-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-41614-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-41613-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 799
Number of Illustrations
56 b/w illustrations, 71 illustrations in colour
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