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biological significance of the search for extraterrestrial life by Norman Harold Horowitz

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Published by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology in Pasadena .
Written in English


  • Life on other planets.

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Edition Notes

Statement[by] Norman H. Horowitz.
SeriesJPL technical report no. 32-1000
LC ClassificationsQB54 .H65
The Physical Object
Paginationiii, 7 p.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5533223M
LC Control Number67009422

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The search for extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology, a term coined for the study of all life anywhere in the universe (including Earth), has replaced exobiology, the study of extraterrestrial life exclusively and therefore criticizable as “a science that lacks a subject matter.”Unlike exobiology, astrobiology respects the scientific possibility that life beyond Earth may never be found. Throughout the twentieth century, from the furor over Percival Lowell's claim of canals on Mars to the sophisticated Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, otherworldly life has often intrigued and occasionally consumed science and the public. The Biological Universe provides a rich and colorful history of the attempts during the twentieth century to answer questions such as whether. The subject matter was broad, ranging from the multi-pronged search for habitable planets and how we might detect life, to the impact of both the search and an eventual discovery. However, the matter of post-biological intelligence – briefly described above – or the possibility of non-Darwinian evolutionary processes, was an incentive for.   Dr. Steven J. Dick is an astronomer and historian of science at the U.S. Naval Observatory. He is the author of Plurality of Worlds: The Origins of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate from Democritus to Kant (Cambridge, ) and Biological Universe (Cambridge, ).4/5(3).

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“But did anyone really expect to find anything?” I ask Geoff, as he shows me the canister that had contained his sample of moon dust from the Apollo 11 mission. “Well, no,” he replied, “we didn’t think there’d ever been life on the moon. But we didn’t know. We thought there might be organic compounds.” And why not? People had been finding organic compounds in meteorites. Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (and dumb). Score A book’s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. An important and imaginative book which deals with the biological, astronomical and philosophical background to the searches by radio astronomers for evidence of life and intelligence beyond the Earth - known as SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Extraterrestrial life is hypothetical life which may occur outside of Earth and which did not originate on Earth. Such life might range from simple prokaryotes (or comparable life forms) to intelligent beings and even sapient beings, possibly bringing forth civilizations which might be far more advanced than humanity. The Drake equation speculates about the existence of sapient life elsewhere.