The Biological Universe: The Twentieth Century Extraterrestrial Life Debate and the Limits of Science (Paperback)
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The Biological Universe: The Twentieth Century Extraterrestrial Life Debate and the Limits of Science (Paperback)

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Paperback 600 Pages / Published: 28/12/1999
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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. Does 'biological law' reign throughout the universe? Are there other histories, religions, and philosophies outside of those on Earth? Do extraterrestrial minds ponder the mysteries of the universe? The attempts to answer these often asked questions form one of the most interesting chapters in the history of science and culture, and The Biological Universe is the first book to provide a rich and colorful history of those attempts during the twentieth century. Covering a broad range of topics, including the search for life in the solar system, the origins of life, UFOs, and aliens in science fiction, Steven J. Dick shows how the concept of extraterrestrial intelligence is a world view of its own, a 'biophysical cosmology' that seeks confirmation no less than physical views of the universe.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521663618
Number of pages: 600
Weight: 790 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... we are challenged to think ... these challenges will be the book's strength and delight even for those who have not bothered with ET and all that.' Christopher J. Corbally, S. J., JHA
'As a source book this readable history is to be recommended, it is not just a science history but an intellectual and popular culture story.' Anders Hansson, Spaceflight
'As a source book this readable history is to be recommended, it is not just a science history but an intellectual and popular culture story.' Spaceflight
'The book ... contains useful historical references and many interesting comments, and will be appreciated by non-scientific devotees of the extraterrestrial life debate.' Irish Astronomical Journal
'Well researched and clearly written ... I recommend it to any who have more than just a passing interest in the history of the extraterrestrial life debate in the twentieth century.' Peter Stanley, Astronomy Now
'Steven J. Dicks masterpiece The Biological Universe... provides a wonderful account of the idea of life on Mars which abounded earlier this century and also discusses the role of the extraterrestrial in the literature ... This is a rare SETI book in that it can be easily digested by both the enthusiast and the professional alike. If I had to recommend a book for the serious SETI enthusiast to start with then The Biological Universe is it.' Modern Astronomer
' ... Dick, then, has written a large, ambitious and outstanding book.' Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
"The Biological Universe is a wonderful and excellent read, containing a wealth of carefully researched material, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to the SETI enthusiast-- both amatuer and professional alike." Julian A. Hiscox
"The Biological Universe is a wonderful and excellent read, containing a wealth of carefully researched material, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to the SETI enthusiast-- both amatuer and professional alike." Julian A. Hiscox
"The best book on extraterrestrial life that I have ever read." Patrick Moore, New Scientist
"The book is well documented and offers a wealth of leads to a variety of literature, much of it otherwise difficult to find....Few other areas of science have such fine, reliable, convenient, and literate accounts of their history." Joseph N. Tatarewicz, Science
"The book is well documented and offers a wealth of leads to a variety of literature, much of it otherwise difficult to find....Few other areas of science have such fine, reliable, convenient, and literate accounts of their history." Joseph N. Tatarewicz, Science
"...every reader should be grateful for a book that succeeds in enriching our knowledge of the historical and factual background needed for any serious discussion of these 'big questions.'" Stephen G. Brush, Nature
"Dick has produced the most thorough and thought-provoking book on this subject in years." Ben Bova, Mercury
"Dick's excellent book The Biological Universe, takes the reader through the historical and present debates over extraterrestrial life." Times Chronicle, Glenside News
"Dick has done and admirable job of openeing up fresh territory....Dick's pioneering history nicely rounds out Cambridge University Press's trilogy on the extraterrestrial life debate." Karl Hufbauer, Isis
"...rigorously informative...." Publishers Weekly

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