Aliens by Jim Al-Khalili
The World's Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

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The experience of reading almost any anthology is a bit like traveling across the country in a rental car with only an FM radio for company. Sometimes you get Sinatra; other times you get Nickelback. This collection has its share of Nickelback.
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In these lively and fascinating essays, scientists from around the world weigh in on the latest advances in the search for intelligent life in the universe and discuss just what that might look like. Since 2000, science has seen a surge in data and interest on several fronts related to E.T. (extraterrestrials); A.I. (artificial intelligence); and SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence). The debate has intensified over whether life exists outside our solar system, what that life would look like, and whether we’ll ever make contact.

Included here are essays from a broad spectrum of the scientific community: cosmologists, astrophysicists, NASA planetary scientists, and geneticists, to name just a few, discussing the latest research and theories relating to alien life. Some of the topics include: If life exists somewhere in space, what are the odds that it evolves into something we would recognize as intelligent? What will space travel look like in the future, and will it all be done by cyborg technology? How long until we are ruled by robot overlords? (This is actually a serious consideration.) Are we simply a simulation in the mind of some supreme being, acting out a virtual reality game?

For those who have ever wondered, Is there anybody out there? here are the latest theories and evidence that move us closer to answering that question.

 

About Jim Al-Khalili

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Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a quantum physicist at the University of Surrey and a regular radio and television broadcaster for the BBC. He is winner of both the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the Institute of Physics Kelvin medal for his science communication work. Paradox is his fifth book.
 
Published May 9, 2017 by Picador. 240 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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on Mar 07 2017

The contributors include Martin Rees, Ian Stewart, and Monica Grady. An incisive and fun collection packed with mind-expanding ideas about our universe and ourselves.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Senior on May 24 2017

The experience of reading almost any anthology is a bit like traveling across the country in a rental car with only an FM radio for company. Sometimes you get Sinatra; other times you get Nickelback. This collection has its share of Nickelback.

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Reviewed by Nicola Davis on Nov 07 2016

...so far, all evidence suggests life emerged just once on Earth, meaning it can’t be all that easy to get going. Nevertheless, Aliens takes us on a whistle-stop tour from Mars to Europa – Jupiter’s frozen moon – and on to recently discovered worlds beyond our solar system...

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